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Innisfree 23

Wesley McNair issue
fall 2016


In Innisfree 23, we take a Closer Look at selected poems from the books of Wesley McNair, as well as five new poems from his forthcoming ninth collection, The Unfastening. And we have new work from twenty-three contemporary poets, including two more short essays from Rod Jellema and an essay by Christopher Buckley. Wesley McNair joins these earlier Closer Looks, all of which are available in the Previous Issues page or, more directly, here:

  Innisfree 22 Barbara Crooker
  Innisfree 21 Michael Collier
  Innisfree 20 Betty Adcock
  Innisfree 19 Afaa Michael Weaver
  Innisfree 18 Jane Shore
  Innisfree 17 D. Nurkse
  Innisfree 16 Linda Pastan
  Innisfree 15 Martin Galvin
  Innisfree 14 Philip Dacey
  Innisfree 13 Jean Nordhaus
  Innisfree 12 Rod Jellema
  Innisfree 11 Eleanor Wilner
  Innisfree 10 John Koethe
  Innisfree 9 Alice Friman
  Innisfree 8 Dan Masterson
  Innisfree 7 Marianne Boruch
  Innisfree 6 Eric Pankey
  Innisfree 5 Terence Winch


We mourn the recent death of Philip Dacey, the wonderful poet and man, whose poems often graced the pages of Innisfree, and who was the subject of our Closer Look in Innisfree 14. Sincere condolences to his partner, Alixa Doom, also a contributor to Innisfree. A favorite poem by Phil Dacey:

Bedtime: An Elegy
The children long grown and gone,
the putting of them to bed
still goes on somewhere inside the old man,
who converted the dark outside the window
beside the chair beside the bunkbeds
into words he made into stories
to settle children into sleep,
at that late hour nothing standing upright
except the stories connecting earth and sky,
though now in his own darkness in
a single bed he tells to himself the story
of his telling stories to his children
in the long-ago dark, nothing again upright
at this even later hour except the stories
connecting earth and sky,
and though the darkness he makes
into words now comes from inside him,
the darkness of the absence of children,
who have become their own stories,
which he cannot make up and which
his children tell to him in their own way
as he pulls the story he tells himself
up over his head as if it were
a dream or he a child with a flashlight
reading long past the time he should.


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