It is a commonplace that poetry is the literary form that best expresses our deepest feelings. Those who seldom read poetry regularly turn to it for weddings or funerals. The Take Heart anthology is a collection of poems from Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair's weekly newspaper column. The poems are chosen from the work of poets all over Maine and represent a wide cultural view of the state.
This is Wesley McNair's sixth anthology of Maine writing. He is the author of several poetry collections and two books of essays. The recipient of two Rockefeller fellowships, he has won grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two fellowships in creative writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Theodore Roethke and Jane Kenyon Prizes for poetry. In 2007 he was awarded a United States Artist Fellowship as one of America's "finest living artists." A professor emeritus and writer in residence at the University of Maine at Farmington, he makes his home in Mercer, Maine.