Poems by Kevin McFadden


"Kevin McFadden is a no-bards-holed word playniac."
—Kay Ryan, author of The Niagara River

"These limber, overcaffeinated poems spring off the page like Olympic athletes, their motto not 'Faster, Higher, Stronger' but 'Smarter, Funnier, Wiser.' The stadium in which they run and leap is plastered with road signs, biblical misprints, anagrams, McFaddenisms of every kind. And everywhere, cups of precious metal, ones from which the reader will drink again and again."
—David Kirby, author of The House on Boulevard St.: New and Selected Poems

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Playful and rich, formally inventive, funny and wry, Kevin McFadden's poems examine American identity through the latent possibilities of language. Transforming empty spans of interstate and inconspicuous small towns into landscapes fertile with wordplay and rampant with irony, McFadden makes letters themselves rearrange and conspire against commonplaces.
The VQR Poetry Series

Page count: 120 pp.
Trim size: 5.5 x 8.5


List price: $19.95

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Kevin McFadden has published in a wide array of journals, including Denver Quarterly, Fence, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, and Southern Review. He is the associate program director for the Virginia Festival of the Book.