Poetry. "In this superb collection, Mark Irwin balances precision—each line has been carved into being with consummate care—against an enchanting and tonic strangeness, an adventurous commitment to the depths and reaches of metaphor. Few poets remain as faithful to the imagination where formal mastery always serves its vision. To read the poems here is to feel our lives 'luminous and ringing as the space grows larger.' Mark Irwin is a true original, and LARGE WHITE HOUSE SPEAKING is his best book."—Peter Campion
"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
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
I • Events miniaturized, but always present • Lights • Primer • A Zipper • Field Events • Psalm • Open House • A Tiny Cage, • If • Two Horses • A vanilla cake, • Landscape Tapering Toward Infinity • Luella • On Earth • Peeling • A book • II. • A fly • Fi
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“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.”