Lacemakers (Southern Illinois University Press, 2012)
Winner of Crab Orchard First Book Prize
“The poems of Lacemakers have much in common with the experience of gliding she describes so vividly in one poem—all lightness and delicacy and daring. At the same time, their urgently associative cinematography moves and accrues until with the poet we feel equally sized to the sky and fastened to the particular and exquisite life of things. ”
—Daniel Tobin, author of Belated Heavens
“The language of Claire McQuerry’s poems extends a vivid telegraph that reports back to us from a human frontier, both terrible and beautiful. It is all very memorable, musical, and precise.”
–Norman Dubie, author of The Volacano
“Bearing both the loving attention and the estimable skill of the lacemaker, Claire McQuerry attends to the abundant, often perplexing threads that comprise the apparent world, intent on making of that abundance something that serves. Hers is a craft that makes apprehensible that ‘sweetness of all things beyond reach.’ "
–Scott Cairns, author of Compass of Affection