Black Lawrence Press

Consolationeer

McKeecw

Praise

  • In Consolationeer, lines soar beyond their bounds, turning sense into vector and idea to a winged thing. The end of the world comes just before daylight and love is simultaneously particular and apocalyptic, falling down in ashes around us. This is the crisis at its best. Consolationeer is Marc at his flyest.

    —Amelia Gray, author of Threats and Gutshot
  • Marc McKee’s superb third collection Consolationeer is a reminder of why he is one of the most thoughtful and wide-ranging poets putting in work out here. In these intricate poems, McKee holds onto the linguistic wit and musical pleasures of his previous collections, but has learned some other things along the way—about urgency and love, about inevitability and what it means to be on the cusp of permanence. “Nothing happens. / Which is to say an awful lot very nearly / happens” the speaker of “Lately Indesolate” tells us. These poems are full of happenings and almost happenings that show us that we are fortunate and full of luxury to be here right now, living in our slim spaces between necessity and beauty.

    —Adrian Matejka, author of The Big Smoke
  • Nobody writes like Marc McKee. His voice is his own, as is his complexly word-deliberate, irrepressibly inventive manner. The result in Consolationeer is a concurrently heartbreaking and delightful tour de force. At the heart of this work is a deep passion, an exhilarating intelligence, and—beyond even these uncommon pleasures—an unshakeable compassion. He is our most wise young poet.

    —Scott Cairns, author of Slow Pilgrim: The Collected Poems

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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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