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  • "In Marc McKee’s compelling new collection, Bewilderness, it’s not the past that’s a foreign country but the present—a world rendered strange to us because of the compounding forces of loss and tragedy, but also in the strangeness of ordinary events as seen through “special goggles” offering always a new vision into the heart of things. This is how the poet’s dazzling use of language transforms the world we have experienced into something extraordinary, where understudies rush to the fore/playing characters you recognize/but no longer know."
    —Natasha Trethewey
  • "Each of the poems in Marc McKee’s Bewilderness suggests a vigilant mind struggling to make sense of the shifting, unknowable landscapes of modern life. Concerned especially with the vagaries of perception and existential uncertainty, McKee writes with bravura, wonder, and anxious wit, longing for transcendence in a world that seems determined to resist it. “The score,” he tells us, looking nervously around him, 'was great and terrible. We almost loved everything.' These poems sizzle with energy, intelligence, and the kind of humane beauty that struggles to hold off the dark."
    —Kevin Prufer
  • "Before we encounter even the first poem, Marc McKee offers us, in his title, Bewilderness, both the injunction and the condition of his book. “Who is carbon-based with stars for ancestors,” McKee writes, “and still not disappointed?” From the rapturous to the earthbound, the cerebral to the sensuous, McKee’s work thrills because of those edges he walks and often plunges from. This is a lush, wild tune of a collection, full of tanks and apples, human calamity and nearly super-human affections."
    —Kathy Fagan

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Marc McKee

Marc McKee is the author of five collections of poetry: What Apocalypse?, winner of the 2008 New Michigan Press / DIAGRAM Chapbook Contest, Fuse (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), Bewilderness (Black Lawrence Press, 2014), Consolationeer, and Meta Meta Make-Belief, forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press in 2017 and 2019, respectively. His poetry appears widely in online and print journals such as absent, Barn Owl Review, Boston Review, Conduit, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, DIAGRAM, Forklift, Ohio, H_NGM_N, Inter|rupture, The Laurel Review, Memorious, Phoebe, Rockhurst Review, Sixth Finch, Sou’Wester, Southern Indiana Review, and other venues like the Academy of American Poetry’s Poem-a-Day series and Verse Daily. His work has also been reprinted in several anthologies, such as Diagram III, Diagram 4, Apocalypse Now: Prose and Poems from the End of Days, The Museum of All Things Awesome and That Go Boom, and recently has been translated into Ukrainian for Anthology of Young Poetry of the U.S.A. He lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife and their son, and teaches at the University of Missouri.

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