Anne McCrady Letting Myself In

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Letting Myself In

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9780984039920: Letting Myself In

Poetry. The landscapes of East Texas lie at the heart of LETTING MYSELF IN. Author Anne McCrady is a native. She knows her place and its people; she knows the weather, the plants and animals, the light. She knows how hard it is, when you have put down roots, to pick up and move on, to say goodbye. But always in these poems there is the optimism of the title, a willingness to embrace what comes next.

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Anne McCrady's poetry and creative nonfiction appear in journals, anthologies and arts magazines, including The Texas Review, Texas Poetry Calendar, Borderlands, REAL, Windhover, Concho River Review, Langdon Review of the Arts in Texas, and English in Texas. She won the Edwin M. Eakin Memorial Book Publication Award with Along Greathouse Road. Under a Blameless Moon won the Pudding House Chapbook Prize. McCrady's poetry has garnered national recognition, including the NFSPS Founders Award, the Burning Bush Prize, and two Pushcart nominations. Her poetry has been featured by the NPR Twitter feed, the Occupy Poetry web site, and the Museum of Fine Art, Houston. Her essay "Speaking the Unspoken" appears in WINGBEATS: EXERCISES AND PRACTICE IN POETRY (Dos Gatos Press, 2011). Passionate about social justice, McCrady is a frequent speaker and workshop leader, offering literary, inspirational, and storytelling presentations. A lifelong naturalist, McCrady received a chemistry degree with a minor in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has spent her life in East Texas and now lives in Tyler, with her husband, Mike.

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The theme of transitions lies at the heart of Anne McCrady's Letting Myself In. Here are just some of the things McCrady lets us in for: a cast iron skillet resting behind a cabinet door, a fireplace "hungry for logs and glowing ashes," Ball jars of mayhaw jelly, the natural world of pin oaks, tree frogs, redwings, and sandhill cranes. This is Texas, land of dusty pickup trucks, farmers in red flannel shirts, hot biscuits and honey. McCrady is writing the score of a woman's life: marriage, family, leaving something behind, moving on. Always, she is an acute and keen observer: "at the portal of this kitchen window / lifted from waves of worry, / I am a sailor who can finally see home." McCrady is "a woman who sings / to meet the morning," who wants "the roux to be perfect," while at the same time mindful that "yes everything / that is precious / breaks and is remade." Open this book, come along with her on the journey. It will crack open your heart. -- Barbara Crooker, winner of the 2009 Paterson Award for Literary Excellence --review sent to publisher

From "cold, oatmeal mornings" to "gun-barrel afternoons," the poems of Letting Myself In allow the reader into the mind of a poet who fully inhabits life, whose careful eye misses nothing, and whose empathy is tempered with a wise and wry irony. McCrady's spirited heart-felt writing is full of unique Texas themes and idioms; however, there are also many universal pastorals ringing clear, sweet, and eternally true, as when "cicadas kazoo / the last verses of their camp song, / that tinnitus of summer." -- Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate --review sent to publisher

Anne McCrady takes us on a walk through her beloved East Texas, through life and death and everyday moments of grace, in Letting Myself In. We hear the farmer, "hoe in brown hands," as he describes his land as Paradise; we feel the church choir in "103 Degrees" singing "gospel songs about mercy"; we watch hunters "shaking sleet from their shoulders /and pulling mud-caked boots loose." This is the journal of a beloved place and a beloved people, with bits of the holy finding their way into each: fishermen, "like saints, / each seeking a secret / piece of freshwater heaven"; sand-hill cranes, "pure ballet: all leg and wing and skirt." -- Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate --review sent to publisher

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