House However

By Kathrine Sowerby

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Vagabond Voices

Founded in 2008 and based in Glasgow, Vagabond Voices is an independent publisher that is both Scottish and fervently European in its aims. Vagabond is committed to introducing new titles from Scottish authors and translating fiction from other languages. Our library reflects our aims to promote literary ambition and innovative writers, and to challenge readers.

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As if through a prism, this sequence of sixty-two poems examines and questions the elusive from all angles and, by trying to make sense of chaos, they discover patches of light that guide both poet and reader towards a resolution: that we must live any way we can.

House However has been reworked and reduced entirely to the suggestive. Suggestive of what? Of human solitude, of alienation, of wonderment, of what each individual reader can make of it - the defamiliarisation of our most intimate personal and domestic items and surroundings. It acts as a reminder that, while looking after others, we must tend to our own body and spirit in order to survive.

"In these poems - portraits of objects and emotions - Kathrine Sowerby animates a world we ignore, she reinvents a world with a compelling internal logic. With her repetitions, revisitings, recurrences and restatings of that logic, her unique, fresh and dislocating world is made solid. With her astonishingly beautiful rhythms, of each individual poem and of the book as a symphony, Sowerby demonstrates that not only is she inheritor of Gertrude Stein's musicality, but she moves deep into the twenty-first century: speculative, precise, intelligent and utterly attentive."  - Gerry Loose

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Format Paperback
Imprint Vagabond Voices
Publication Date 25 Jun 2018
ISBN 9781908251954
Number of Pages 82

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"The writing in this glorious triptych of stories is as you'd expect from a poet of Sowerby's talent - concise, evocative and seductive.” - Elizabeth Reeder on The Spit, the Sound and the Nest

"in the colours of grief and magic, it is a fearless search for love and understanding that shapes an impasto of wisdom and bewilderment in which ‘everything is possible'” - Mark Russell on Tired Blue Mountain

"a human document willed into being by sheer force of hope” - Peter Manson on Unnecessarily Emphatic

"attentive to the worlds of possibility that lie in speech and language, it is musical, lyrical, vital, vivid - set in the conversational tone of a friend you never knew you had” - Gerry Loose on That Bird Loved

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