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A Doubtful House
Poems
Alice B. Fogel




Bauhan
2017 • 80 pp. 6 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry

$16.00 Paperback, 978-0-87233-232-4



Alice B. Fogel’s new collection explores what happens to boundaries—psychological, emotional, physical, formal, even syntactical—when people live together for a long time in one house. The house itself has the main point of view, and addresses all its inhabitants as “you.”

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From the Book:

Somewhere around a far corner like a thread
following its needle through the dark
wing a cricket sings or maybe a door half hinged
swings the point being
not the end but because
there is an end
unknotted slips through the house tonight so
whatever thieves
touch tuns theirs ends up their means
what was never theirs seems to become
what was never there fingerprints the guilty
pearls and knives shining in other hands in other
words the past the names and warranties of stuff
kneeling in surrender in the distance between points
of entry and exist the addict and his fix between
intention and wherewithal a house can take a hint hear a pin
falling for a song is this
how it goes with things or without there goes
the deed
done all in the bag the diamonds
the valuables along with everything else they take
the variables down to negative
numbers the keys to what's material nine-tenths of
the law
fully wedded holding dearly
on by a thread by such need how
can they take it
into their mortal hands oh
the empty O it must take
so much
to want so much



ALICE B. FOGEL is the poet laureate of New Hampshire. In addition to Strange Terrain (on how to appreciate poetry without necessarily “getting it”), she is the author of numerous poetry collections, including Interval: Poems Based on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, which won the Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature, and Be That Empty, a national poetry bestseller. An eight-time Pushcart nominee and a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, her poems appear in many journals and anthologies. She leads writing and reading workshops across the country, and works one-on-one with learning disabled students at Landmark College in Putney, Vermont.

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Sat, 30 Sep 2017 15:47:07 -0500