Moon Pie Press is proud to announce the release of its 65th book, “The Common Law”, by lawyer-poet James McKenna.
Ed Ochester, Editor of the Pitt Poetry Series, writes of McKenna: “A lawyer with a heart? That’s not really so unusual. But a lawyer who writes emotionally moving poems that stuand up–as Walt Whtman says we should–for ‘the poor, the weak and the crazy,’ that is unusual. And that’s exactly what Jim McKenna does.”
Portland lawyer-poet John P. McVeigh writes: “Lawyers see comedy and tragedy every day. Jim McKenna takes the time to stop, look, and listen. All of the poems in this volume are finely observed, with great precision of words and line. ‘When he died, he was/Shaped like a question mark’. McKenna catches the rhythms of people caught up in forces beyond their understanding or, as in ‘Child Protective Worker Testimony,’ of people genuinely trying to do good in the chaotic worlds of family, divorce, eviction, and impending death. Others, like ‘Hadley v. Baxendale’ are acute meditations on the lawyer’s own life. Law is not the focus of these poems, life is.”
James McKenna has been a Maine Assistant Attorney General since 1979. In 2008 he received a Master of Fine Arts from The Bennington Writing Seminars and in 2010 he was elected to the American Law Institute.
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