This Poem Is a House
If love is a house, how do we arrange the furniture?
Meditative and magical, a book as complicated as the ways we love, This Poem Is a House is, in the end, about a girl’s story sheltering a boy’s poem, the way a house shelters the lives of the people who live in it.
‘Discovering Ken Sparling's work changed everything I knew about writing. It made me realize that a novel could and should be just that – novel, that that was the point of writing, of life. Reading his work felt like permission to be myself the way that he was his self. Reading Ken Sparling reminds you that you're free.’ – Jonathan Goldstein
Praise for Dad Says He Saw You at the Mall:Dad Says He Saw You at the Mall rips the veil off our most private thoughts and gives voice to the feelings we spend most of our lives trying to repress or just plain ignore. With economy, tenderness, and great humor, Sparling not only lays to waste our notions about what a novel can be, but also what being in the world can be. This is a brutal book." - Jonathan Goldstein"Ken Sparling's 1996 classic might have been out of print for almost a decade and a half, but its virtuosities have hardly been forgotten and have hardly gone unloved to death. What a joy it is, though, to see this piercingly funny, nervous, and thrillingly sad novel-in-fragments available at last for a new generation of readers to discover its loopy domestic lyricism of the shifting lonelinesses and companionate spells at the heart of contemporary marriage. I envy anyone reading Dad Says He Saw You at the Mall for the first time." - Gary Lutz