The book traces the disintegration of a marriage and the loss of a house lived in for decades. The poems explore not only the end of a relationship, but also the deep and personal attachment that people form with the home they live in. Here also are poems about a childhood home and of days spent as a young mother in the house that must now be sold. Throughout this profoundly honest collection are love poems—written not only to a husband, but to a parent, a child, and even to a beloved house itself.
In the title poem, McCabe alludes to the limited view, the fragmented and incomplete stories our neighbors form as they bear witness to only a part of our lives—and never to the complete truth. Here the reader glimpses that truth, sees beyond the blinds, the closed curtains, to find a woman living a life that many will recognize as their own.
The poet lives in Virginia. Her first book, History of the Body, was published by David Robert Books in 2012. Her work has appeared on Poetry Daily as well as in Best New Poets 2010, The Georgia Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Cincinnati Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, and numerous other journals.
What the Neighbors Know is available on the Catalog tab of the FutureCycle Press website (www.futurecycle.org)