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McClung writes sonnets, villanelles, and sestinas with the touch of a master. She uses these forms effectively to describe San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area, backdrop for the lives of people who negotiate between their circumstances and the structures of a cityscape, this survival poignantly rendered in such snapshots as in the villanelle, “Vacancies”:
Terse downstairs neighbors hoard apologies...more
with canned pineapple, bourbon, flashlights, gauze.
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