Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy by Marc J. Sheehan

Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy
Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy
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Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy by Marc J. Sheehan

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Winner of the Split Rock Review 2016 poetry chapbook competition, Marc J. Sheehan's Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy often explores a sense of isolation; however, these poems abound with a wry sense of humor and word-play that keeps them from becoming predictable or maudlin. They attempt to find “the invisible grace raining down” upon bullet-riddled road signs, beach weddings, and a cereal maker’s warehouse of decoder rings. Through such particular and carefully-drawn details, Sheehan makes that elusive, invisible grace visible.

 

Product Details

Paperback: 34 pages

Publisher: Split Rock Review (2017)

Genre: Poetry

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1546557334 

ISBN-13: 978-1546557333

Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches

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"Limits to the Salutary Effects of Upper-Midwestern Melancholy is in equal parts brazen contemplation and bold celebration of all the great regions of feeling: their Michigan basements, their vast peninsular reaches of grace. This brave gift of a book ruptures and repairs the heart in parabolic waves. The effects of each image, of all of the book’s rhythmic unfoldings, are stunning, haunting, and, I might add, entirely limitless."

- Diane Raptosh author of Human Directional and American Amnesiac

 

"Perhaps you should just say the title of the chapbook over to yourself – maybe three times, slowly, quietly. You’ll learn something about this poet that way. He makes no false claims of either joy or despair. He knows the limitations of the place where he lives and of his own imagination. There is no easy beauty in Marc J. Sheehan’s Upper Midwest, yet there remains the hope that we can be 'beautifully alone together.'"

- Keith Taylor, author of The Bird-while and If the World Becomes So Bright

 

"Marc J. Sheehan is a poet in his prime, as these elegant poems make manifest, that the good news is so often enwrapped in the bad.  The title poem ought be learned by heart. The grace of it, heartbreaking, beautiful. The rest, pure gifts."

-Thomas Lynch, author of Apparition & Late Fictions and Skating with Heather Grace