BkMk Press Books

There Is Not Fashion to It

Selected Poems

by Thomas McAfee

Price: $14.95, 160 pages

ISBN: 978-1-886157-96-5, 2015

Edited by Ted Schaefer, Tricia Schaefer, Kay Callison, Jerry Dethrow, and Greg Michalson

Though he is best remembered as one of Missouri's leading authors in the 20th century, one who helped launch the Missouri Review, the Associated Writing Programs, and who pioneered the teaching of creative writing at the University of Missouri-Columbia, McAfee's poetry powerfully evokes the Deep South of his Alabama birth and upbringing. An editorial team of McAfee's past students have carefully chosen his best poems, including many appearing for the first time in book form. Whether he recalls the plight of Winston County in Alabama, which seceded from the state to remain in the Union at the start of the Civil War, imagines dialogues with the Latin writer Catallus, or captures lyrical moments of love, hope, and despair, McAfee remains as timely and timeless as ever.

Read Brian Burnes' article about McAfee and the book in The Kansas City Star

". . . carved clean from fact with cutting wit."

R. H. W. Dillard, The Kenyon Review

"He confronts the ramshackled redundancies of our daily mouthings and calls for no more 'sound without meaning.' McAfee moves precisely from the satirical to the sublime." 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

 

Published 2015

 

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