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In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys: Poems

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"McGrath is] a writer who could help save poetry from academia and get the rest of us reading it again."
--Outside Magazine

From the MacArthur "Genius Grant" and Kingsley Tufts Award winner Campbell McGrath, acclaimed author of Shannon, comes In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys, an electric new collection of poetry. Writing in the poetic tradition of Walt Whitman, McGrath cap

Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 14th 2012 by Ecco
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For years, I stood firmly opposed to poetry about the writing of poetry, the poetry scene, or poets, because it seemed like a trend that perpetuates the insularity of a medium already dangerously far outside the realm of relevance for most people. I thought the publishing industry should reward poets who reach outside poetry's usual readership. Since then, I've come to realize the extent to which people don't read AT ALL, and am happy to see poetry has any kind of audience. I've even developed q ...more
Actual rating: 3.75

Many of the poems in this brief collection are very good, but there are also many that seemed remarkable in their lack of poetry. McGrath's style is, for me, very hit-or-miss. Sometimes, as when he says:
a metaphor is an atomic bomb,
every flower, city, wineglass,
wood stork and raindrop in the entire world
contained in the wobbling, unstable nucleus
of a single atom of uranium. And then--,
his imagery and figurative language are as explosive as he is asserting they should be and
University of Chicago Magazine
Campbell McGrath, AB'84

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Gerry LaFemina
Campbell McGrath remains one of my favorite poets--able to meditate on the quirks of being a person, on the quirks of being American and a poet to boot, in ways that are both highbrow and lowbrow. McGrath can drop a series of SAT words and a series of comic book references, riff on the pretentiousness of poetic forms, then write in rhymed quatrains. He moves between prose meditations and lineated poems with a fluidity and yet, never once do I wonder as to the nature of his line. Smart, funny, an ...more
Maughn Gregory
I found a few gems in this collection but more than half of it is poetry about poetry, a little of which, for me, went a long way.
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Campbell McGrath (born 1962) is a modern American poet. He is the author of nine full-length collections of poetry, including his most recent, Seven Notebooks (Ecco Press, 2008), Shannon: A Poem of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (Ecco Press, 2009), and In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys (Ecco Press, forthcoming, 2012).

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