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House of Water (Paperback) (Matthew Nienow)

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"Deeply felt and beautifully built, the poems in Matthew Nienow's long-awaited debut shimmer with hard-won grace. . . .House of Water is a staggering book that marks the arrival of an important voice in American poetry."Eduardo C. Corral

This debut highlights fatherhood at its peak as it juggles the uncertainty and deeper meaning of everyday life. The hesitant, yet curious voice of the poems are deeply entrenched in the familial, yet also refreshingly open about the crush one feels when their ideals crash down. How does one build a life, only to be redirected and start anew?

The Magazine

is evening-lit in your handsso the boat it shows

in its small square of waterhas the light of the room, the windows

behind you, the reflected baythe magazine's horizon

nearly the same, so no matterhow you try to strip the room

of metaphor and meaning, the roombecomes the boat, which you are in,

hardly alone with your red sailsand curtain wind

Matthew Nienow lives in Port Townsend, Washington, with his wife and two sons, where he builds boats and custom wooden paddle boards. His poems have appeared inBest New Poets (2007 and 2012), New England Review, and Poetry, which awarded him a 2013 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship. He has also received fellowships, grants and support from the National Endowment for the Arts (2011 Fellowship), the Elizabeth George Foundation, Artist Trust of Washington State, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and 4Culture of Seattle.

Number of Pages: 57
Genre: Poetry, Family + Relationships
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Consortium Book Sales & Dist
Author: Matthew Nienow
Language: English
Street Date: October 11, 2016
TCIN: 51755062
UPC: 9781938584640
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-6013
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