Elizabeth McLagan IN THE WHITE ROOM is a book haunted by memory, by enclosures that root the present to the past. Elizabeth McLagan writes, I have walked/ from your dreams as through/ a door-there are so many/ doors-and I am still in trouble. WhenMoreElizabeth McLagan IN THE WHITE ROOM is a book haunted by memory, by enclosures that root the present to the past. Elizabeth McLagan writes, I have walked/ from your dreams as through/ a door-there are so many/ doors-and I am still in trouble.
When I read this book, I entered a space so distinct and fully realized, full of beauty and pain, that when I put the book down, the voice of the poems continued to reveal her world around me.-Blas Falconer Turn the pages of IN THE WHITE ROOM and youre met by beguiling surprises: quirky narratives, the heartfelt voice, jazzy soliloquy, lyric meditation, the landscape of dream.
These poems feel pressured into being by what remains invisible, just out of sight, and reading them, we may feel how life/ struggles onward drinking freedom/ in sometimes bitter gulps. -Nance Van Winckel These poems are very well travelled. They never seem to tire and are always ready to please by being thorough and unafraid of showing exactly where theyve been.
And, having been there herself, Elizabeth McLagan is a careful guide and active participant in each poem. Shes careful to show you what you miss about familiar places you frequent and objects youd possessed but which maybe you took for granted or never really knew you could take as a source for your own individual reality. You will delight in her ability to not only clarify all you see, as though for the very first time, but enhance it with a beautifully arranged and unrestrained language as well.-Paul Roth IN THE WHITE ROOM a reader will find rich, evocative poems charged with trope-laden mystery.
Elizabeth McLagans shadowed, poignant lines create the space where a trees leaves can ...come to resemble the green arrows/ of the heart, looking for a body to enter. Employing inclusive, startling imagery, McLagan gathers both the quotidian and the oracular into her work until Every inch of air tattoos the familiar/ with the strange....-Paulann Petersen