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House You Cannot Reach by [Tom Daley]

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Editorial Reviews

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Advance praise for House You Cannot Reach

At once pervasively and delicately textured, always richly imagined, the poems offer the rare accomplishment of genuine performance for the page. These poems, most channeling the wildly indelible voice of the poet's late mother, are equally obsessive in their attention to tone and detail, and exuberantly ranging in scene and song. What they ultimately embody is a portrait of self-through-another, another-through-self, that would frame the "unmendable chaos of loss," that would remind us "to suffer / is to stand still." Daley's is a poetry of vital, sweeping movement, unstinting emotional honesty, and verve. --Daniel Tobin

. . . a treasure of poems drawn from a life examined with the surety of remarkable craftsmanship. There are stunning turns of lyrical achievement, such as the penetrating image of the tide pulling the wind past one's ears to where sight and sound form what comes to be the unfathomable mystery of family. Daley has given us this gift, impressive in its beauty, inspiring in its emotional balance. --Afaa Michael Weaver

. . . Every line here, even--and maybe especially--in the poignant poems "spoken" by the poet's mother, radiates his love of poetry. --Lloyd Schwartz

A remembered and re-imagined mother dwells at the center of this book. She is by turns imperious, solicitous, vulnerable, dejected, bitter, devout, in all a woman vividly flawed, but utterly alive. Even after a stroke, her mind wandering in the most fascinating ways, she is truly a presence to be reckoned with. She is the muse who inspires these beautifully crafted poems and their nuanced exploration of the mystery of origins, the where and who we come from. --Fred Marchant

To write in the voice of a persona is of course nothing new to America poetry, but to do so with such emotional and psychological alacrity is rare. Tom Daley's moving and beautiful poems, written from the point of view of his mother, are so convincing that when I reached the end of this manuscript, I had to remind myself that it was Mr. Daley speaking to me, and not his mother. This level of expression can only be accomplished as a result of a keen and unwavering attention to craft, without any easy surrender to sentimentality, and with an ear for the subtle music of good, clear human talk, and with a regard for language that is never dull and always surprising. I cherish these poems.  --Bruce Weigl
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Tom Daley worked as a machinist for over two decades and now leads writing workshops in the Boston area and online. Recipient of the Dana Award in Poetry and the Charles and Fanny Fay Wood Prize from the Academy of American Poets, his poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Massachusetts Review, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Crazyhorse, Barrow Street, Prairie Schooner, Witness, and Poetry Ireland Review. --This text refers to the paperback edition.