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This Poem Is a House [Paperback]

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Author Author : Sparling, Ken
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1552453340
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781552453346
Publisher Publisher : Coach House Books
Pages Pages : 96
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100137500

From accomplished writer Ken Sparling comes a spare verse novel about a girl and a boy and the life they're writing together. But the girl wants a story and the boy wants a poem, and the furniture in the house is stuck in the middle. Meditative and magical, a book as complicated as the ways we love,This Poem Is a Houseis, in the end, about a girl's story sheltering a boy's poem, the way a house shelters the lives of the people who live in it.

Ken Sparlinghas written six novels, includingDad Says He Saw You at the Mall(Knopf, 1996), commissioned by Gordon Lish. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

If love is a house, how do we arrange the furniture?
God knew that all over the world people were thinking.
Old men cried thinking
back over their years of lament and mistrust. It wasn’t their fault.
God felt that people wanted him.

God was a technician.
He knew how to scrape away at the world.
He could encroach without rupturing.
He knew his job.

God didn’t create the world at all,
he discovered the world,
and had then introduced it to the masses.
And now everyone holds him personally responsible.

The boy wanted to go out into the snow
and be flash frozen,
only to be found ten million years later,
a mythical beast, a symbol.
But a dead one.






Once upon a time there was a little boy and a little girl
who lived in different places
and didn’t know each other.
Then they grew up and met each other
at a dance club.

The boy was attracted to the girl’s curly hair,
crossed front teeth and wayward eye.
He was soon madly in love with her.

Who are these people? the girl asked when they were together
on the dance floor.
I don’t know, said the boy. I’ve never met any of them.
Tell me a story, said the girl.

Well, said the boy, in this story the girl felt
that the boyl£ö

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