Sometimes I Never Suffered: Poems

Book “Sometimes I Never Suffered” by Shane McCrae

Book short specifications

Author
Pages
112
Publisher
Farrar , Straus and Giroux
Language
english
Release date
2020
ISBN
978-0-374-24081-3
GTIN
9780374240813
Publisher's website
us.macmillan.com

About

Spanning religious, historical, and political themes, a new collection from the award-winning poet

I think now more than half

Of life is death but I can’t die

Enough for all the life I see

In Sometimes I Never Suffered, his seventh collection of poems, Shane McCrae remains “a shrewd composer of American stories” (Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker). Here, an angel, hastily thrown together by his fellow residents of Heaven, plummets to Earth in his first moments of consciousness. Jim Limber, the adopted mixed-race son of Jefferson Davis, wanders through the afterlife, reckoning with the nuances of America’s, as well as his own, racial history.

Sometimes I Never Suffered is a search for purpose and atonement, freedom and forgiveness, imagining eternity not as an escape from the past or present, but as a reverberating record and as the culmination of time’s manifold potential to mend.