Susan McLean

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Susan McLean is an American poet, a translator of poetry,[1] and a retired professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota.[2]

She graduated from Harvard University with a BA in English in 1975 and from Rutgers University with a PhD in 1990.[3][4] Her work has appeared in Kalliope,[5] Atlanta Review, The Formalist,[6] Iambs and Trochees, Arion,[7] Measure, The Classical Outlook, Literary Imagination.[8] She writes in the field of formalism. According to an interview with the Poetry Foundation, she describes her love of formalism as: " I am addicted to the esoteric pleasures of rhyme and meter, and I don’t even try to deny it or camouflage it with slant rhyme". She has been portrayed as a New Formalist by many if not most noted critics of her work.[9]



  • "Deep Cover"; "Desire"; "Hazard", Mezzo Cammin
  • "Translations of Latin epigrams by Martial", The Chimaera, January 2008
  • "Vanity: On a painting by Frank Cadogan Cowper", Eratosphere
  • "Unscripted"; "Raw", Umbrella, Issue 2, 2007
  • Translator, Martial, Selected Epigrams, University of Wisconsin Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0299301743
  • The Whetstone Misses the Knife, Story Line Press, 2014, ISBN 978-0996078207
  • The Best Disguise, University of Evansville Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-930982-68-3
  • Holding Patterns, Finishing Line Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-59924-096-1



  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-10-14. Retrieved 2016-09-11.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "SMSU - SMSU Directory". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
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  4. ^ "Alumni Poets". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  5. ^ Kalliope. Jacksonville Women's Poetry Collective, Center for the Continuing Education of Women, Florida Junior College at Jacksonville. 1992-01-01.
  6. ^ The Formalist. The Formalist. 2001-01-01.
  7. ^ Arion. Trustees of Boston University. 2003-01-01.
  8. ^ Literary Imagination: The Review of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics. The Association. 2007-01-01.
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  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2015-12-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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