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The True Book of Animal Homes
Allison Titus




Saturnalia
2017 • 80 pp. 5 1/2 x 7 1/2"
Poetry

$16.00 Paperback, 978-0-9980534-2-4



Allison Titus’s newest poetry collection, The True Book of Animal Homes, is obsessed with animal and human alike, and how each one of us makes our home in the stations we hold—from the wilds of southern brambles to a desk in an office cubicle. This book ponders the question: how much wildness are we allowed in this life, and how do we claim that wildness? The poems of The True Book of Animal Homes leap and scurry after the truth on all fours, devouring us with sharp language and brave new forms.

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“Half lament, half heartbroken blueprint, The True Book of Animal Homes makes a plaintive case for improved attention, fellowship, and empathy, imploring us to heed the hidden lives our choices imperil; not just the human ones, and not just the nonhuman ones; but also the lives we ourselves could be living.”—Ashley Capps, author of Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields

From the Book:

Here, in the advent
of the third-to-last
season of the very
long war, we grow
accustomed. Daresay
we grow monotonous
with tasks as the epic
war carries on just
over there. Arduously
monotonous as if
trekking an Everest
of even more
Everest proportions
while meeting out sips
from the tin canteen
tucked clumsily
in our doeskin
sash. The hours
grow labored
with our posthumous
reckoning as invoice
after invoice
we measure
every proper
animal's worth:
flocked or pitiless
or howling.



ALLISON TITUS is the author of one previous collection of poems, Sum of Every Lost Ship, and a novel, The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing to Do with Fire. Her poems have been published in A Public Space, Tin House, Gulf Coast and elsewhere. In 2011 she was the recipient of a fellowship from the NEA. She lives in Richmond, Virginia, where she is at work on a book of poems about tears and the history of crying.



Sat, 2 Dec 2017 12:25:33 -0500