House and Fire

House and Fire

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Overview

House and Fire by Maria Hummel

"A child is very ill; there is a hospital. . . . The subject is as basic as a bowl and a nail, wood and a house, and a house on fire." —Fanny Howe, from the introduction

House and Fire is a mother's love song to her stricken young son, written over the years of his hospitalizations for an acute immune disorder. Maria Hummel is a poet of dazzling formal mastery, whose eerie, radiant lyrics and stories evoke the pediatric ward, California life, and the immortal, endangered world of childhood. This unforgettable debut was selected by Fanny Howe.

From "House and Fire":

for thirty-three years

I didn't make anything

with my body

and thenyour brother

and thenhe sickened

watching him sleephooked to tubes

an empty envelopeinside me

fills each dawnwith one long love letter

by night

it's mostly apology

A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, Maria Hummel is the author of two novels and poetry and prose in Poetry , Narrative , and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine . She teaches at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco, California.

Fanny Howe has written many books of poetry, and her Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000) won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780971898127
Publisher: Copper Canyon Press
Publication date: 10/22/2013
Series: APR Honickman 1st Book Prize Series
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Maria Hummel: A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry, Maria Hummel is the author of two novels, and poetry and prose in Poetry, Narrative, The Missouri Review, Pushcart Prizes XXXVI, and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine . She teaches at Stanford University and lives in San Francisco.

Fanny Howe: Fanny Howe has written many books of poetry, and her Selected Poems (UC Press, 2000) won the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In 2009 she received and Ruth Lilly Lifetime Achievement Award from the Poetry Foundation.

Table of Contents

Introduction Fanny Howe ix

Station 3

Cold War 4

Changeling 5

Ode on Sleep 6

Ghost Traffic 8

714B 9

The Unicorn 10

Altar 11

Quiet Hours 12

Rounds 13

Carousel, Ten Days After His Third Transfusion 14

Ultrasound 15

Puzzle 16

There Is a Story 17

What to Say 18

The Tree 20

At Night, Late, Tar Pit 21

Strawberries 22

Solstice 34

Glass After Glass 37

New York Selves: An Elegy 39

Dear Sirs 45

Twelve Red Seeds 46

Cole's Pacific Electric Buffet 48

Immunology 50

The Angels 51

One Life 52

A Thousand Faces 53

Children's Ward 55

Sleep Barnacle 57

The First Turn Might Be the Right One Home 59

I'm This Many 61

Unbinding 62

Fog 64

White Houses 65

Key 66

About the Author 68

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