Sunday, October 22, 2006

Madge McKeithen

Blue Peninsula is a memoir and commentary on poetry written by Madge McKeithen. Madge and I were students together in the MFA program at Queens, and I am very excited to announce that her book has just been reviewed in American Poetry, the Journal of The Academy of American Poets.

From the review:
"Madge McKeithen's memoir of her son's unnamed and aggressively degenerative illness is a testament to the connective and empathetic power of poetry...Each chapter of the book is introduced by a poem that's themes and images become a mechanism for McKeithen to understand what is happening to her and her son...This is not a book about poetry, but rather it is a book about poetry's role in life and how, sometimes, that role can be lifesaving."

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