The Unfastening

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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

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Wesley McNair has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller Fellowships, two NEA grants in creative writing, and an Emmy Award. He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress and served five times on the Pulitzer jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. He was recently selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of America’s “finest living artists.” His collection The Lost Child: Ozark Poems, won the 2015 PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence in Poetry. McNair's most recent book of poems is Dwellers in the House of the Lord.