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Book Launch: The Unfastening by Wesley McNair

Tuesday, October 17 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults

Join the MWPA and Portland Public Library to celebrate Maine Poet Laureate (2011-2016) Wesley McNair’s The Unfastening (David R. Godine, 2017). This is McNair’s first new collection since winning the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry for The Lost Child (David R. Godine, 2014).

Often referred to as “a poet of place,” Wesley McNair captures the ordinary lives of northern New Englanders while writing about family conflict and other autobiographical subjects. His poems often explore American dreams interwoven with family drama and public culture. A New Hampshire native who has lived for many years in Mercer, Maine, McNair has authored nineteen books, nine of which are collections of poetry, including The Faces of Americans of 1853 (1983), The Town of No (1989), and Lovers of the Lost: New and Selected Poems (2010), and The Words I Chose: A Memoir of Family and Poetry (2012).

In a review of The Ghost of You and Me (2006), Philip Levine admired McNair’s “many skewed and irresistible characters who manage to get into odd situations for which there is only one remedy: to persevere. … he strikes me as one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.”