In the Night Field


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Augury Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.23 inches | 0.29 pounds

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About the Author

Cameron McGill is a poet and songwriter from Champaign; Illinois and the author of the chapbook Meridians (Willow Springs Books). His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review; Beloit Poetry Journal; Grist; Raleigh Review; RHINO; and Western Humanities Review. He has released seven albums; most recently The Widow Cameron. He teaches at Washington State University; where he serves as co-director of the Visiting Writers Series. He lives in Moscow; Idaho.


"Cameron McGill's poems are all fire and surprise, sadness and forgiveness. In the Night Field, his brilliant debut, is a book about home inasmuch as anyone who makes a nomad of himself understands, "I'm less the buildings I used to live in/& more the strangers passing in their windows-." McGill is a poet of the declarative mode, and he declares the surreal in ways that make most dangerous of passions completely appropriate. I want to say more about how well these poems make use of timing such that they come off as pure song, but as I write, I'm realizing, I could never say enough about the beauty of this work." -Jericho Brown

"McGill shows us through his dark field: "I know myself by the things that scare me" with precise coordinates, pointing out the brightness: "gushing stars, snow on silos, heat lightning, a slingshot moon" he sees along the way. McGill skillfully navigates the mysteries of relationship, memory, and regret as the best poets do." -Dorianne Laux

"Cameron McGill's road-wise poems hopscotch from the Great Plains to the west of Ireland to compass points of somber interiority, reminding us, with their bottomless compassion for common lives, that witness is a form of tribute. Wright, Hugo, Roethke, those American masters of things that "open to darkness," would surely welcome In the Night Field into their pantheon. It's been a long time since I have heard the "god of small thunder" echo so powerfully in a collection. What a pleasure to have that music with us once more." -Campbell McGrath

"Cameron McGill is astonished by life, and by experience both vast and minute. His relationship to the language with which he expresses this astonishment is ecstatic and overflows with metaphorical delight. His poems are wonderfully full, energetic, and ardent." -Vijay Seshadri