"To my mind, what distinguishes Marchant's work is his willingness to take
a hard look at human suffering while maintaining his unflinching, delicate
tone." —The Journal house that floats on a muddy river in spring-time
flood, house like a human head on the surface, house with a boy's face,
turned up. —from "House on Water, House in Air" In The Looking House—Fred
Marchant's new collection of poems—the poet lays out a map of human
suffering, from wars within the psyche to wars that rage across the
contemporary landscape. These intense, innovative lyrics stir and disturb,
remaining aware of the way history bears down upon us and makes us
responsible for the consequences of our choices. Marchant maps the
shelters, the "precarious places" that give us refuge and "teach us
everything." Such a place might be an open window at midnight in childhood,
or the broken sill of a deserted hut on the coast of Donegal. In these
poems a "looking house" can just as easily be a locked ward, a barracks, a
movie theater at midday, or that room in Rome where Keats lay dying. These
poems may show us a broken world, but they also offer glimpses of survival
and renewal, of trust and reconnection.

Fred Marchant—The Looking House - Poems

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