Neighborhood of Gray Houses
- PUBLISHED: March 2020
- SUBJECT LISTING: Literature / Poetry
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 82 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5 in
- ISBN: 9781733340007
The poems in Derek Annis’s debut collection, Neighborhood of Gray Houses, wander through a landscape darkened by childhood abandonment and loss, before coming to rest in a home illuminated by new life and cautious optimism. The speaker comes to consciousness at a time when parental contracts have been breached and in a world falling apart, and as it falls apart, the poems become increasingly surreal, increasingly sure of the world’s uncertainty. Ultimately, the birth of the speaker’s daughters provides direction, a way out of the neighborhood of gray houses, to a place with more solid footing.
Authors & Contributors
Derek Annis lives in Spokane, Washington, and holds an MFA from Eastern Washington University. He is an editor and social media manager for Lynx House Press and has been a reader and editor for Willow Springs Magazine. His poems have appeared in Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Missouri Review Online, Spillway, Third Coast, and many other journals.