New Work by Richmond Writer Kathleen McClung: “Temporary Kin”

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“Kathleen McClung is a master of the sonnet crown. In her skilled hands, that venerable form expands to encompass active shooter drills, smartphones, and Lyft drivers, as well as songbirds, the sea, and the moon. Even the structure of Temporary Kin – four sonnet crowns linked together by single villanelles – forms a circle, a daisy chain, a fifth and final crown. Like the speaker of one of her poems, McClung knows that there is an ancient magic to ‘seasons, cycles, wheels that spin unseen / far longer than our brief mortality.’” ~ Julie Kane

Temp Kin Final Cover

On Monday, Jan. 6 2020, Barefoot Muse Press, based in Hainesport, New Jersey, released the latest chapbook in its series of short collections demonstrating a strong connection to formal/metrical poetry – “Temporary Kin” by Kathleen McClung. The 37-page book costs $10.95 plus S&H and is available from www.barefootmuse.com and Amazon.

“I’m excited to give Kathleen’s work a home with Barefoot Muse Press,” explained editor Anna M. Evans. “We love to showcase form, and this collection contains four stunning sonnet crowns and four villanelles.”

The cover art for the collection, a photo of Sandell Drive-In in Clarendon, Texas, was generously donated by owner John Morrow. 

Kathleen McClung is the author of “The Typists Play Monopoly” and “Almost the Rowboat.+ Associate director and sonnet sponsor/judge for the Soul-Making Keats literary competition, she teaches at Skyline College and The Writing Salon. She lives in San Francisco.

The next Open Reading period will run throughout April, 2020. Visit barefootmuse.com for complete submission guidelines.

Barefoot Muse Press was established in October 2011 as a quality small press devoted to furthering the distribution of the best formal and metrical poetry. Previous publications include “Self-Portrait as Bettie Page” by Heidi Czerwiec, “High Voltage Lines” by Tiel Aisha Ansari, “Shadows & Gifts” by Quincy R. Lehr, and “Forgetting Home: Poems About Alzheimer’s,” edited by Anna M. Evans.

The Press can be found on the web at barefootmuse.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BarefootMusePress.

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