"Younger poets are often exhorted to develop their voice, as if a poet has only one voice within her. Some poets search lifelong for this single singer within, while others intuit the necessary fact that many voices compete and conspire in a choir within them. Sharon McElhone is one of those younger poets who instantly understood that her writing would be shaped by the multitude, and not by the solitary speaker.

Following the tradition of Gertrude Stein’s “Three Lives,” yet swooping her female Magnificent Seven into the casual lines of the twenty-first century free verse poem, Sharon McElhone recommits American poetry to a mosaic of voices and to an understanding that wisdom comes from multiplicity, that poetic vision comes from the overlap of points of view, and that the poet’s song syncopates between harmonious discord and discordant harmony."

Molly Peacock

Ontario, Canada


"Sharon McElhone’s lyrics capture inconspicuously the bustling demands of everyday 21st century drive-by love. Her strikingly detailed accounts of mating, marriage, childbirth, home life, emotional and economic struggle, survival, spiritual expansion, and love—an underground stream always—are nothing but a joy to read through her language."

Al Young

California poet laureate emeritus



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my baby talking mouth

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Hide all things that make her human

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