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The Uses of Imperfection First Fire


"The Uses of Imperfection marks the emergence of a formidable new talent in American poetry. Ted McMahon has a fierce eye for the orphaned experience, a sure voice of his own and the instinctual feel for rhythm and language necessary to become one of our great future poets. Take time to sit, read, and reacquaint yourself again with the particulars of your world through The Uses of Imperfection."

David Whyte
Whidbey Island, WA


"A new voice and what a voice it is! McMahon gives us poem after poem, each one as rich and fine as the last. He gives us the common details of life intertwined with the quiet, weighty emotions we keep to ourselves and suddenly there’s magic."

Christine Mauer review, 1996
(UW Bookstore "staff picks")

"What a satisfying read! Here’s a man who offers full-fleshed stories inside the brevity and lyricism of poetry."

Gail Hudson, Spirituality Editor

More reviews of The Uses of Imperfection:

      Review by Jack Coulehan, MD
      Review by Cecile Gray





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