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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. Land, water, sky, food, shelter, thought, 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.
Capacity, the extraordinary new collection from the award-winning poet James McMichael, deliberates an earth that supplies what people need to live. Land, water, sky, food, shelter, thought, 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

"[McMichael's] strongest work . . . What makes him so unique in American poetry right now is the strength and subtlety with which he blends conceptual ambition with emotional power."--Peter Campion, The Yale Review

"McMichael is the 13-year cicada of poetry. With roughly the same regularity he surfaces, sheds his old skin and delivers a song that's entirely his own . . . Everything, from immigration patterns to heartsickness, is described in the same objective, almost clinical tone--a strange and wonderful choice, lending disproportionate power to the subtlest gestures." --Eric McHenry, The New York Times Book Review
"[McMichael's] strongest work . . . What makes him so unique in American poetry right now is the strength and subtlety with which he blends conceptual ambition with emotional power."--Peter Campion, The Yale Review

"McMichael is the 13-year cicada of poetry. With roughly the same regularity he surfaces, sheds his old skin and delivers a song that's entirely his own . . . Everything, from immigration patterns to heartsickness, is described in the same objective, almost clinical tone--a strange and wonderful choice, lending disproportionate power to the subtlest gestures." --Eric McHenry, The New York Times Book Review

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • James McMichael

  • James McMichael is the author of five books of poetry, including 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.
  • James McMichael Cindy Love
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Capacity

Poems

James McMichael

National Book Awards Finalist

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