Join us as The Silo Series hosts a special evening with acclaimed and beloved poet Wesley McNair at The Word Barn in celebration of his most recent book of new and selected poems, Late Wonders.
“For forty years, Wesley McNair has made gorgeous, sorrowing, wise, conversational, earthborn poems, creating his own narrative idiom.”
- Robin Becker, author of The Black Bear Inside Me
"He strikes me as one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry."
- Philip Levine, Ploughshares
"One of the most inventive minds in American poetry."
- The Hartford Courant
"[He is] a master craftsman with a remarkable ear."
- Maxine Kumin
With a plain-spoken tenderness, Wesley McNair’s story-like poems celebrate the dreamers and the misfits, the small but hard-earned triumphs of everyday life.
Since the publication of his first book nearly forty years ago, McNair has earned a reputation as an intimate observer and a poet of place—in these lucid, far-ranging poems, he proves his empathy and sense of place are endless. “Whole lives,” wrote Donald Hall of McNair’s work, “fill small lines.” This career-spanning collection gathers the poet’s very best work from the past four decades alongside his newest poems.
Late Wonders includes McNair’s masterful trilogy “The Long Dream of Home,” three long narrative poems written over the course of thirty years: “My Brother Running,” “Fire,” and “Dwellers in the House of the Lord.”