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Two Poems:
"The Novel"
"Figurative North Topeka"
from Eric McHenry's
Potscrubber Lullabies

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Eric McHenry:
Eric McHenry was born in Topeka, Kansas on April 12, 1972. He is a graduate of Topeka High School, Beloit College and Boston University, where he earned an MA in creative writing and won the Academy of American Poets Prize. His poems have appeared in The New Republic, Harvard Review, Northwest Review, Orion, and Agni. He also writes about poetry for the The New York Times Book Review and Slate. He is the associate editor of Columns magazine and a contributing editor for The Poetry Foundation. He lives with his wife and two children in Seattle, Washington.

Poetry Daily featured book About Potscrubber Lullabies:
"Everyone of these poems is a little miracle of self-exactitude, rhyming and wordplay and metrical joy; they're games the words in the poem play elatedly with each other, and everybody wins. The poems are victories of observation and self-observation, outsight and insight. I think there's genius in this writing."
David Ferry

"The exuberant, acrobatic poems of Potscrubber Lullabies are full of music and awareness of music. Along with their virtuosity, they have genuine feeling: generous laughter; a sneaky dignity free of self-importance; curiosity about the world; and an admirable sense of balance."
Robert Pinsky

"Eric McHenry's Potscrubber Lullabies is a fabulous book, one of the best books I've read in years. Witty, poignant, offbeat, elegiac and satirical (sometimes all at once), with metrical subtlety and sly rhymes McHenry explores the idiom of place and the place of idiom. He reveals how even the most personal and intimate utterances lean 'hard with the weight of someone else's meaning.' This debut collection marks the beginning of a new and significant voice in American poetry."
Alan Shapiro

"Potscrubber Lullabies is a funky, tough-minded, grown-up first book of poems, dangerously deadpan and winsome, as alert to large social realities like Midwestern floods and politics as to tiny motions of the soul. McHenry's wordplay, a marriage of zany wit and truthfulness, never misses the beat or the point. Whether he is slinging his troubleball as John the Revelator, or declaring ominously, 'When you say nothing I know what you mean,' he has our number, and we have reason to be grateful."
Rosanna Warren

Potscrubber Lullabies
by Eric McHenry

The Waywiser Press

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