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Capacity

Poems

James McMichael

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Capacity, the extraordinary new collection from the award-winning poet James McMichael, deliberates an earth that supplies what people need to live. Ocean, land, animate bodies, shelter, thoughts, feelings, talk, sex--each is addressed at the pace of someone dense with wonder's resistance to take for granted even the smallest or most obvious parts of existence. Capacity is a 2006 National Book Award Finalist for Poetry.

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THE BRITISH COUNTRYSIDE IN PICTURES

The frontispiece fixes as

British

a man whose

livelihood is the grass. As he had

before the take and

since,

he plies away in the sun.

"Market Day."

Storefront awnings slope into the square.

Among the occupied,

only the vendors are without hats.

Well-fatted,

sweet and full of pickle are the hooked gibbets of

beef above the pens.

The plate after

"Tractors on Parade" is untitled.

Where the village high street’s

walls converge at the far end,

a

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Praise for Capacity

Praise for James McMichael:
"With brilliance and precision, James McMichael draws us into intimate exchanges . . . By attending so thoroughly to what is of the world, McMichael gives the underlying and unspeakable power of mystery its rightful place." --Killarney Clary
"Simply the best poetry I have read in years from an American poet . . . This is deeply mature and rewarding work and I am a better person and reader for having read it." --Gerald Early

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James McMichael

  • James McMichael is the author of five books of poetry, most recently The World at Large: New and Selected Poems, 1971-1996. Among his awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Writers' Award, and the Shelley Memorial Prize.
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Capacity

Poems

James McMichael

National Book Awards Finalist
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