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The Last House

(2009)
A collection of poems by

 
 
Poems of disturbing beauty, examining personal and collective loss.

This is Michael Kenyon's third full-length collection of poems. His poetry and fiction have always been alert to the underside, the angularity of the outcast, those forced by temperament or predilection or circumstance to the fringes of middle class life. Here, it is insight itself that pushes the speakers closer to the edge. The world of these poems is dark: Kenyon names and owns our clear cuts, our overpopulation, our fossil-fueled rush to oblivion, the violence embedded in sexuality. This is a book of expanded elegy, clear-eyed, unflinching, amid the wreckage of its loves.

.It is useless to
choose a direction: current must find us.

At last we swim away from each other
to make the storm less jealous, old stars freeze
the water, earthquakes calve an island, and
another me adores another you
inland.

- from "The Stars"

Fiercely elegiac, jaggedly sexual, The Last House stands on the brink of devastation - personal, ancestral, cultural. There is transcendence here, but no redemption: it is too late. But this is also a book about love - protean, violent, perduring - love as the key to reality, even as it mystifies us or tears us apart. These are poems of deep and disturbing vision, sustained by electrifying honesty.



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Paperback Editions

October 2009 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Last House
Author(s): Michael Kenyon
ISBN: 1-894078-74-8 / 978-1-894078-74-0 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Brick Books
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Kindle Editions

September 2009 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Last House
Author(s): Michael Kenyon
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