Bruce Mackinnon Mystery Schools

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Mystery Schools

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Poetry. Poems in this collection have appeared in Salmagundi, Boulevard, The Sewanee Review, Poetry East, Poet Lore, The Indiana Review, The Nebraska Review, Green Mountains Review, Mid-American Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Literary Review, Sonora Review, The Sycamore Review, The Midwest Quarterly, WordWrights, and Poetry Northwest. "In his attention to detail and in his reverence for the smallest moments of experience Bruce MacKinnon compounds and intensifies the events of daily life"--Michael Collier. "MYSTERY SCHOOLS is thorough and deeply textured poetry and adult in the way serious poetry should be--by not taking itself too seriously while allowing the writing to take its own good time"--Stanley Plumly. MacKinnon teaches creative writing at the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

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Bruce MacKinnon's poems have appeared in many magazines and journals, including Salmagundi, Boulevard, Poet Lore, The Literary Review, The Sewanee Review, and Poetry Northwest, for which he won the Richard Hugo Prize. He has also been awarded the Richard Soref Scholarship in Poetry for the 2005 Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, an Individual Artist Award in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council, and was selected by Tom Sleigh as an Academy of American Poets Prize winner. He teaches creative writing at The George Washington University in Washington DC.

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In his attention to detail and in his reverence for the smallest moments of experience Bruce MacKinnon compounds and intensifies the events of daily life. Mystery Schools sings with a passionate and capacious clarity reminiscent of Gerald Stern and like Stern, he portrays our life and death struggles that go on without mercy. --Michael Collier

The "glide in slow circles" may be one means of suggesting the ease of movement and gift for segue inherent in the narratives of these large poems, but it should also define their essential lyricism: how they return and return to their common yet surprising centers of gravity. Mystery Schools is thorough and deeply textured poetry and adult in the way serious poetry should be--by not taking itself too seriously while allowing the writing to take its own good time. --Stanley Plumly

There are truly masterful poems in Mystery Schools . . . Bruce MacKinnon seems to have sprung out of Zeus's head fully formed and fully skilled--a true original. In poems at once genuine, charming, ferocious and poignant, MacKinnon writes about domestic life as a son, a father, a husband; in his tender tough-guy voice, he tackles the big subjects--fate, mortality, death, love. His long, gorgeous sentences, once cast out, loop back over themselves and continue on with driving rhythms and absolute confidence. --Jane Shore

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