By Gift Unearned is a collection of poems by Boston working-class guy Jack McCarthy. Trained in classics at Dartmouth, McCarthy found his true voice at the poetry slam in Cambridge, Massachusetts, at the Cantab. He quickly became a legend in the slam nation community and shared his prose poems with thousands. This audio reading and performance of his work includes "Drunks" and "Epithalamian".
Part poetry, part musings on life, Jack McCarthy’s words jump gracefully from memory to memory, moment to moment. It’s clear that McCarthy has experience performing his own poetry; this is a collection meant to be heard aloud and meant to be read by its author. With casual poise and a hint of wry bemusement, Jack McCarthy narrates his own work beautifully. From his thoughts on aging and the orthopedist to his ideas about the nature of memory, McCarthy’s well-chosen words angle at the deeper moments in life.
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