Fiction Non-Fiction Poetry Turtle Point Press Helen Marx Books

In This House

In This House

Howard Altmann

“Howard Altmann interrogates the sky, the light, the world, about their intentions. If he seldom finds reassuring answers, he finds something better: "When all that consoled consoles no longer/ loneliness finds a room inside the one it knows." These poems are as essential as a glass of water.”
— John Ashbery

“Though not exactly a nature poet, Howard Altmann is a poet of his own mysterious natural kingdom, a house in which he has built a house, whose walls are open to the inspiration of air. ("Frightened of the next life/ being exactly like this life/ he asked to be a bird" or "Let it not be words/ you reach for you say -- / where the trees stand/ far from man.") To have discovered this kingdom and inhabited it (like Keats' Imagination, as monk to monastery) -- to have found words for what is nearly unsayable -- is a measure of this poet's uncanny transformational gift. Enter the house of these poems and stay on, a grateful tenant in this remarkable state of wonder.”
— Carol Muske-Dukes

978-1-933527-33-8, $15.95





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