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House of Sparrows: New and Selected Poems
by Betsy Sholl
University of Wisconsin Press, 2019
Paper: 978-0-299-32304-2
Library of Congress Classification PS3569.H574H68 2019
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.54

The bluesy, rich, and vital poems in House of Sparrows look for grace and beauty not outside of the suffering world but within it. Betsy Sholl explores the shifting ironies and contradictions in the stories we tell—how the apple is both medicinal and poison, and how the poor are spiritually rich. Her language mines the landscapes of Appalachia, New England, and the works of Dante and St. Francis, seeking music and moral clarity in the breakages and noisy contradictions of life. By turns meditative and vivid, these poems suggest that all journeys are in part journeys of the spirit.

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