Today's poem is "Aubade with a Multitude of Birds"
from Scale

Four Way Books

Nathan McClain's debut collection is Scale (Four Way Books, 2017). He is a recipient of scholarships from The Frost Place and the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of Warren Wilson's MFA Program for Writers. A Cave Canem fellow, his poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Callaloo, Ploughshares, Sou'wester, Iron Horse Literary Review, Southern Humanities Review, Waxwing and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn.

Books by Nathan McClain:

Other poems on the web by Nathan McClain:
"Fire Destroys Beloved Chicago Bakery,"
Four poems
"Love Elegy in the Chinese Garden, with Koi"
"Days After the Election, We Finally Discuss the Weather"
Two poems
"Love poem: overtime"
Three poems
"On My First Son"
"Out Ages"
"Elegy with space to rent"
Two poems
"My Life as an Amateur Fighter"
Two poems
"How to Build a Lighthouse"

Nathan McClain's Website.

Nathan McClain on Facebook.

About Scale:

". . . McClain does the difficult work of transforming his stories, of turning his stories into our own. Scale is an incredible debut."
—C. Dale Young

"Just when I'd despaired of reading a poet who writes one line at a time, one poem at a time, assiduous to steer clear of the Big Project or the High Concept, Nathan McClain's Scale shows up! . . . he writes poems of real feeling and quiet integrity that are verified by their passionate understanding of how form, emotion, and music entail each other in the best and most lasting art. McClain's kind of talent is rare in any generation."
—Tom Sleigh

". . . Scale allows for the far rarer necessary explorations of male vulnerability, fragility, fear and cycles of upending sorrow. . . . Scale will not allow its reader to turn away, or deny its harder truth. Scale is a daring, unrelenting interrogation of loss, silence, and longing in the plaintive cry of a son among so many other sons."
—Vievee Francis

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