"...in these poems, Nathan

McClain pressures the world

and reconfigures it.

-C. Dale Young, author of The Halo



Nathan is a poet, editor, and educator living in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017) and Previously Owned (Four Way Books, 2022), and his poems and prose have recently appeared, or are forthcoming, in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Poem-a-Day, The Common, The Critical Flame, and upstreet, among others.  He serves as Poetry Editor of The Massachusetts Review.



from "Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot"


So what

others have moved on

to new rooms? Left


you comfortless,

with your notepad

and pen. And what


have you learned from

standing here so long

examining pain? No


matter how ancient.

What good

has it done you?

--first published in The Rumpus