"Nathan McClain's Previously Owned is no-nonsense, meat and potatoes, good gotdam poetry."
-John Murillo, author of Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry
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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 is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and African American Literary Arts at Hampshire College, and serves as Poetry Editor of The Massachusetts Review.
from "Boy Pulling a Thorn from His Foot"
others have moved on
to new rooms? Left
with your notepad
and pen. And what
have you learned from
standing here so long
examining pain? No
matter how ancient.
has it done you?
--first published in The Rumpus