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eBook formatPaperback, (torrent)En
PublisherDemeter Press
File size3.8 Mb
GanrePoetry
Release date 01.10.2014
ISBN9781927335932
Pages count100
Book rating4.58 (8 votes)
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There is a music of leaving, as surely as there is that of arriving.

And it is this distinct soulful music that we often hear, however faintly, in the background of our lives.

Welcome to The Music of Leaving, a collection of 63 poems by Tricia McCallum.

What are McCallum’s poems about?

They are about elephants being traipsed through the Queen’s midtown tunnel, an unstable child’s slide, and roaming island dogs. About a visit to a family home before it is sold, a late-night conversation in a plane above an ocean, and shrewd Irish falcons. About eloquent gravestones, da Vinci’s unfinished joke book, the elegant legs of a heron, and landing on the moon. About a jackknife dive at dusk, a young girl’s sleepover, and a memory instantly evoked by brushing against a growth of lavender.

McCallum’s book is also about good love and bad love, she says. “Especially bad love, that common heartbreaking thing.”

She stresses her poems are about commonplace things, but they are not necessarily simple. “The abstract never drew me. The day-to-day world and all its detail provides me more than I need.”

McCallum’s hope for her new book The Music of Leaving is that it delivers to her readers those “magical moments of understanding” that a good poem can.

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