The Whole Picture Show

5.00 out of 5


Just when I despaired that new volumes of poetry had lost all shapeliness and music, along comes Arthur McMaster’s The Whole Picture Show, a panopticon of familial, social, and aesthetic experiences. I hear subtle notes of poets like Wallace Stevens and Donald Justice in certain phrasings and stanzaic arrangements — yet also a reverent irreverence for the subjects McMaster encounters that are his own lyric gift.
— Stuart Dischel


Winner of the Poetry Society of South Carolina’s DuBose and Dorothy Hayward “Society Prize,” Arthur McMaster has published poems in such distinguished journals as North American Review, the James Dickey Review, Subtropics, Poetry East, Rhino, Rattle, and The Stinging Fly, in Ireland. McMaster holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Florida. He taught literature and creative writing courses in Florida and at South Carolina colleges and universities. He has two published chapbooks, two volumes of creative non-fiction, three stage plays, and a memoir of his career as a foreign intelligence officer, Need to Know.

1 review for The Whole Picture Show

  1. 5 out of 5

    Because it contains such a variety of really readable poetry, depending on how you pay, Arthur McMaster’s new collection, well-named “The Whole Picture Show,” is worth every euro, pound, or dollar. As any risk-taking poet would be, I am proud to be in the Revival Press stable with him. Yes, five stars!

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