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Penumbra: Poems
by Michael Shewmaker
Ohio University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-8214-4604-1 | Cloth: 978-0-8214-2272-4 | Paper: 978-0-8214-2273-1
Library of Congress Classification PS3619.H486A6 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Long-listed, Julie Suk Award


Penumbra—Michael Shewmaker’s debut collection—explores the half-shadows of a world torn between faith and doubt. From intricate descriptions of the rooms in a dollhouse, to the stark depiction of a chapel made of bones, from pre-elegies for a ghostly father, to his compelling treatment of his obsessed, human characters (a pastor, a tattoo artist, a sleepwalker, to name only a few), these are poems that wrestle with what it means to believe in something beyond one’s own mortality. Learned and formally adept, these poems consist of equal parts praise and despair. They announce Shewmaker as an important new voice in American poetry.



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