Faced with shattering loss, how do you fasten yourself to life again? Poet storyteller Wesley McNair weaves stories of the pursuit of beauty, the blessings of nature, and the connections we make with others in the course of everyday life that bring hope in the midst of unfastening. There’s a survivalist who talks to deer after his wife of 40 years has moved out on him; a Japanese war bride whose husband’s death leaves her with two young children far from home; an old and failed painter who ropes himself to his windswept roof to view the beauty of coastal islands. These are story poems, by a master, of sorrow, humor, and yes, joy.
A distinctly New England strain of candor and restraint and a walloping matter-of-factness. – The Boston Globe
Maps an emotional adult journey from despair to acceptance – Bangor Daily News