Short List of Themes in Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic in Poem Form

by K.M. Zahrt

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Newfoundland to Belfast,
Drinking tea and rain,
Beating war and pain.

Visiting, lodging, and leaving:
Home and guest,
Hotel and quest.

Letters, emails and phone calls
To girlfriends, wives and kids,
On celebrity and consequences;

To traverse the gaps
In history and opinion,
Ingenuity and violence; and

Cultural conflict, transforming
Individuals and nations;
Causes and actions transcending,
Rooted in time, repeated in time.

Pick up a copy of Colum McCann’s TransAtlantic at a Michigan independent bookseller near you: http://www.schulerbooks.com/book/9781400069590.

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