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After Houses: Poetry for the Homeless by Claire Millikin

by Claire Millikin 2Leaf Press
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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.
CLAIRE MILLIKIN is a poet, professor and scholar. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines, and she has published the chapbook The Gleaners (2013), and her first poetry collection, MUSEUM OF SNOW (2013). Millikin's book, WITNESSING SADISM IN TEXTS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH, on photographer Carrie Mae Weems, authors Toni Morrison, Dorothy Allison and Flannery O'Connor, is forthcoming. She currently teaches Art History and Sociology as a Lecturer at University of Virginia.