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If the House (Wisconsin Poetry Series)

Molly Spencer


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In these poems, well-known spaces both reassure and imperil, and language both anchors and disorients. Molly Spencer's speakers navigate the landscape of human experience, building upon the cycles of a household throughout the seasons of the year. Ordinary places and things—a kitchen table, a memory, a beloved's thigh—are viewed as if through the lens of a shifting, unsettling kaleidoscope. This incisive collection suggests that the imagined comfort we find in familiarity and routine belies the unease that lingers beneath.

University of Wisconsin Press, 9780299325947, 96pp.

Publication Date: October 15, 2019

About the Author

Molly Spencer is a poetry editor at The Rumpus and a lecturer at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Her work has appeared in Georgia Review, New England Review, and Ploughshares.