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The Animal Too Big to Kill

The Animal Too Big to Kill Shane McCrae

Winner of the 2014 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award

The Animal Too Big to Kill further establishes Shane McCrae as an indispensable poetic voice. With his unmistakable cadences, he probes insistently yet big-heartedly into some paradoxes of belief and righteousness, confronting God from the quagmire of his upbringing: half-Black and raised by White supremacists.

Praise for the Book
"McCrae has established himself as one of our most necessary poets, personalizing the imperative discussion around race, and contemplating how that discussion is rooted in American language."—Craig Morgan Teicher, Book Forum

"McCrae’s fourth collection is as disarmingly original as his first three—and just as unlike them as they were unlike one another.—Stephen Burt, American Poet

"This book is personal. . .universal and especially timely."—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (starred review)

About the Author
Shane McCrae is the author of four poetry collections. He is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. He teaches at Oberlin College and lives in Oberlin, Ohio.

Original trade paperback / $15.95 (Can. $17.50) / ISBN 978-089255-4164-5 / Poetry

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