After Houses

Poetry for the Homeless by Claire Millikin

Claire Millikin

After Houses

Claire Millikin

Distributed for 2Leaf Press

Introduction by Tara Betts
160 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $16.99 ISBN: 9781940939308 Published May 2014
E-book $6.99 ISBN: 9781940939315 Published May 2014
AFTER HOUSES is an extended meditation on homelessness. In unflinching, raw poetry, poet Claire Millikin explores states of homelessness, and a longing for, even a devotion to, houses—houses as spaces where one could be safe and at ease. The poems move through an American landscape, between the South and the North, between childhood and adulthood, reaching toward a home that’s never reached, but always at one’s fingertips. Throughout this collection, Millikin draws from personal and family history, from classical mythology and architectural theory, to shape a poetry of empathy, in which some of the places where people get lost in America are faced and given place. AFTER HOUSES echo the voices of girls who have not quite survived, but who persist, intact in the way that Rimbaud insists on intactness, in words.
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