The Luminous Shadow of the Muse

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse, by Laura Harrison McBride.
The Luminous Shadow of the Muse, by Laura Harrison McBride.

Poems of Cornwall and the Atlantic Rim.

The Luminous Shadow of the Muse explores what’s left behind when humans confront their lives…the feelings, hungers, pains, and joys, but beneath it all, the changes begun by everything a person does, and the activities altered by everything a human thinks.

This volume is at times gentle, at times cogent and at times just plain unsentimental as it explores the big and small facets of modern life. It moves through space and time, from the 1950s to now, from the gentle breezes of the Cornish coast to the fug of midtown Manhattan. It assesses marriage, families and the single life. Dogs and horses. Food and drink. It will make you laugh, remember your past, and assess the difficult situations of your life. While the poems are based on one woman’s experience on two continents, the emotions are universal. It is a spiritual journey, from birth to the late years of life. It examines, it suggests, it informs, it delights in the way it uses the majestically malleable English language to cast a beam of light on human life in the noughties.

Out now on Kindle and in print