Contact

By Maureen N. McLane Maureen N. McLane
and sex once
a day a week a
month a year
goes by and one
hyacinth only
returns, frail
blue against the militant
grass that does cover all
in the residential
precinct of the
New England town
its roads long paved
old Indian trails the steps
they took toward
us the first
exchange for a fish
two biscuits


Maureen McLane, "Contact" from World Enough. Copyright © 2010 by Maureen McLane. Used by permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC, www.fsgbooks.com. All rights reserved.

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Poet Maureen N. McLane

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Subjects Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Spring

Poetic Terms Pastoral

 Maureen  N. McLane

Biography

Maureen N. McLane grew up in upstate New York and was educated at Harvard, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. She is the author of World Enough (2010), and Same Life: poems (2008); and This Blue (2014); as well as the poetry chapbook, This Carrying Life (2006). She has also published two books of literary criticism, Balladeering, Minstrelsy, and the Making of British Romantic Poetry (2008) and Romanticism and the Human . . .

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SUBJECT Love, Nature, Landscapes & Pastorals, Spring

POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

Poetic Terms Pastoral

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