Neighborhood of Gray Houses

Derek Annis writes in the voice of an intimate stranger in these brilliantly fractured lyrics. Narrative and associative and wild, these poems end far from where they start, but are shaped with precision, as if constructed out of glass that’s been passed through a fire. In the “Neighborhood of Gray Houses,” nothing is untouched by grief and by beauty, and “…the children / bury rosebuds / under heaps of trash” while “a wolf howls back / to an ambulance.” This is a brilliant collection of poems, and a tour through a neighborhood full of unforgettable terrors and miracles.
~Laura Kasischke

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