Leslie McGrathBy the Windpipe

ELJ Publications, 2014

by Jen Fitzgerald on September 13, 2014

Leslie McGrath

windpipeChapbookapalooza 2014

Leslie McGrath
By the Windpipe
ELJ Publications, 2014

A poetry of the mind, a poetry of form, a poetry of sound? McGrath’s verse resists a container— it springs up organically from human impulse and psyche. By the Windpipe is a collection, years in the making and guided by a brilliant and deliberate hand.


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