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Home Burial By Michael McGriff Home Burial A lyricist at heart McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor Third Coast There is majestic beauty in these descriptions and it is clear that McGriff honors this place as a place not as mere setting

  • Title: Home Burial
  • Author: Michael McGriff
  • ISBN: 9781556593840
  • Page: 224
  • Format: Paperback
  • Home Burial By Michael McGriff A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor Third Coast There is majestic beauty in these descriptions, and it is clear that McGriff honors this place as a place not as mere setting, but as a distinct element of his verse Gently Read LiteratureMichael McGriff s second full length collection explores interior landscapes and illustrates life in a rural A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor Third Coast There is majestic beauty in these descriptions, and it is clear that McGriff honors this place as a place not as mere setting, but as a distinct element of his verse Gently Read LiteratureMichael McGriff s second full length collection explores interior landscapes and illustrates life in a rural community in the Pacific Northwest Whether tender or hard hitting, McGriff juxtaposes natural images of deep forests, creeks, coyotes, and crows against the harsher oil grease realities of blue collar life, creating poems that read like folk tales about the people working in grain mills, forests, and factories New Civilian The new law says you can abandon your childin an emergency room,no questions asked The young fathercarries the sleeping boythrough the hospital doors.Later, alone, parked at the boat basin,he takes a knife from his pocket,cuts an unfiltered cigarette in two,lights the longer half in his mouth.He was a medic in the war.In his basement are five bronze eaglesthat once adorned the wallsof a dictator s palace.Michael McGriff attended the University of Oregon the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Michener Fellow in creative writing and Stanford University, where he was a Stegner Fellow He is the co founding editor and publisher of Tavern Books and lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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    1. Meredith Holley on said:

      I was in my favorite Eugene bookstore, Tsunami, yesterday, and I picked up a copy of this book for someone I work with While I was buying my stack of books, the woman ringing me up told me that Michael McGriff works there now So, I told her to tell him hi and that he s a wonderful poet.This small book of poems feels like Oregon It feels like growing up with hills and forests and rain with rusted cars in the front yard, and swimming in the creek It is very, very beautiful It reminds me of my best [...]

    2. Susan on said:

      This is a beautiful, heartbreaking collection of poems I have read it twice and am on my third reading McGriff s language is gorgeous and he uses it to pull emotion from the reader without being sentimental Best book of poetry by a young author that I ve read in a long time Highly recommended.

    3. Charlotte on said:

      McGriff stuns again with his lyrics of place, and love, and loss.

    4. Evan on said:

      It s the same light that trailed me the entire summer of my sixteenth year, driving County Road 64 toward Power Line Ridge, the three radio towers blinking in the Oregon dark Between each red pulse the dark hung its birthrights in front of me, a few dead branches crawling up from the ditch, a lost bolt of mooncloth snagged on a barbed wire fence, shredding in the tide wind.

    5. Karen on said:

      A work of gritty working class landscapes, Michael McGriff s Home Burial details places and people of hardship Whether he is describing a pastoral like scene of deer bones and rats or retelling a story about catfishing, McGriff draws the reader into a world of tough and stubborn living.

    6. Philip on said:

      Within this book of poems is a microcosm The truths of a region And a region of truth that represents larger than a place or a time I like this man s poems And I like this man.

    7. Kayne on said:

      I think this poetry runs deep I liked it and felt that I was missing some deeper messages I want to re read it carefully to see if I can discern those messages.

    8. David Anthony Sam on said:

      Michael McGriff s fine collection of seemingly autobiographical poems is well worth spending some time with Rich in common language and imagery, hand wrought like the work he alludes to, and filled with imagery from nature and the land he obviously loves, there are times when the emotions seem oevrwrought but they are rare Surreal juxtapositions of imagery interrupt the prosaic narratives to surreal and synaesthesiac effect In all there is truth in these poems that try and fail to explain the w [...]

    9. Patti K on said:

      This 2012 volume of poetry is quite good It is rural and mostly outside.It smells like wood smoke, barns, and the river McGriff uses a dreamysort of language to describe a mostly hardscrabble life and growing up.They make you want to go outside into the night and see what all isgoing on.

    10. Mark on said:

      Agan, something not really for me although not sure why It is far closer to what I like than the surrealism of Revell or of whatever the book I starte after this seems to be Just didn t grab me.

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