Princeton University's Contemporary Poetry Colloquium and Labyrinth Books invite you to hear poet and visiting professor Maureen McLane read from her new collection.
World Enough maps a universe of feeling and thought via skyscapes, city strolls, lunar vistas, and passages through environments given and built. These poems explore how we come to know ourselves --sensually, intellectually, politically, biologically, historically, and anthropologically. Moving from the most delicate address to the broadest salutation, World Enough takes us from New England to New York to France to the moon. McLane fuses song and critique, giving us poetry as 'musical thought,' in Carlyle's phrase. Shuttlling between idyll and disaster, between old forms and open experiment, these are restless, probing, exacting poems that aim to take the measure of --and to give a measure for-- where we are. McLane moves through many forms and creates her own, invoking the French Revolution alongside convulsions of the heart and revolutions of the moon.
Maureen N. McLane's essays have appeared in numerous publications. She is the author of Same Life. McLane received the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for Excellence in Book Reviewing. She teaches at New York University.