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Large White House Speaking
Mark Irwin

Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2013 • 68 pp. 7 x 9 3/4"

$15.00 Paperback, 978-1-936970-19-3

“To be human is to yearn (“I study the stars. I arrive and depart”). That’s everywhere evident in this latest from multi-award-winning poet Irwin...In their measured flow, the lines themselves seem to be yearning.”—Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal

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Reviews / Endorsements

“The very fiber of this collection is like the dream of a once- house the poet is always trying to return to, the birthplace of his personal duende, what Bachelard calls our oneirically definitive dwelling place. Even if the houses/spaces he travels back to are not literally Irwin’s first home, they’re imbued with the same power, a means into his past.”
—Alexis Orgera,
The Rumpus

Large White House Speaking is a book of startling marvels and terrible losses explored in poetry so sharp and bright it is song. Mark Irwin faces the world and brings it to these pages in strange imagery, high wire lines, with the precision of a surgeon. He is one of our best poets, and this is his best book yet.”—Laura Kasischke

From the Book:

In my sleep a small boy approached,
all green, holding out his hands. He'd
come far from the mountains, a little
snow on his collar. He asked if
I could see, and though I wasn't sure
what he meant, I said, yes, then he
asked me to follow. How can I tell
you how many springs, April
after April till we came to a great
fire, blue at its base into which he
walked, smiling, turning in sunlight
through rain, a thousand years in
a moment, a little snow on the mountain.

MARK IRWIN's poetry and essays have appeared widely in many literary magazines including The American Poetry Review, The Atlantic, Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Paris Review, Poetry, The Nation, New England Review, and the New Republic. The author of five previous collections of poetry, The Halo of Desire (1987), Against the Meanwhile, Wesleyan University Press (1989), Quick, Now, Always, BOA (1996), White City, BOA (2000), and Bright Hunger, BOA (2004), he has also translated two volumes of poetry, one from the French and one from the Romanian. Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, four Pushcart Prizes, National Endowment for the Arts and Ohio Art Council Fellowships, two Colorado Council for the Arts Fellowships, two Colorado Book Awards, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the Fulbright, Lilly, and Wurlitzer Foundations. He lives in Colorado, and Los Angeles, where he currently teaches in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at the University of Southern California.

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