The Manageable Cold
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The Manageable Cold
Displaying a confidence and maturity rarely found in a first collection, Timothy McBride’s The Manageable Cold is a record of a sustained encounter with some of the most vital aspects of a life—childhood, language, romance, the body, the natural world.The Manageable Cold showcases McBride’s mastery of a wide range of forms and subjects. Whether his attention is focused on boxing, jazz, or contranyms, McBride breathes new life into the sonnet and the villanelle and handles blank verse with the utmost ease. The combination of traditional techniques and McBride’s thoroughly modern sensibility gives rise to poems that seem simultaneously utterly fresh and immemorially old, calling to mind the rigorously embodied works of Robert Frost, Howard Nemerov, and Mary Oliver. Timothy McBride is a science writer and editor. His poems have appeared in Shenandoah, Seneca Review, and Poetry Northwest, among other publications. The Manageable Cold is his first book of poetry.
"The Manageable Cold doesn’t read like a first book—the poems are so carefully tuned, well-conceived, bittersweet, often funny, yet always lyric in their rich, varied, elegiac rememberings."—John Balaban
"The Manageable Cold introduces a fine new talent. McBride is a gifted formalist who can chronicle street toughs and altar boys with equal lyrical honesty. He is at home with the sonnet—even one about weight lifting titled ‘Squats’—and with the brilliant free verse of ‘On Hearing that Music Enhances Brain Development.’ Here are love poems and love lost poems; dark humor beneath real sorrow; intelligence and tough talk that sings. Timothy McBride is good news indeed."—Betty Adcock
"We see McBride's full arsenal of gifts too rarely in contemporary poetry. Though some might want to group him with the new formalists, he is anything but faddish. His language is animated by an ever-present idiom, but also by his impulse to make every sentence original, and by his artiful and often experimental prosody."