The University of Wisconsin Press
A Path Between Houses
These are tough-minded poems about loss, and what comes afterwardsthe difficult work of rebuilding a life. Greg Rappleye gathers his material across a vast American landscape, from the Florida Keys through the Nevada Desert to the California Coast, rocketing around the country with some strange friendsOdysseus, William Faulkner, Frank Sinatra, and private eye Jim Rockford. Rappleye is not afraid to implicate the self, building a heroic persona in the classic sensea person in whom the flaws are as celebrated as the occasional triumph.
"The geography of Greg Rappleye's A Path Between Houses covers great swatches of American territoryMichigan, the desert outside Vegas, Key West and the Gulf, and the territories of mania and sanity, drinking or not drinking, and fishing, memory and desire. Two of his alter egos are Frank Sinatra and Odysseus, and Rappleye is a champion epic storyteller. The tension of his lines pulls the reader forward, the detail is thick and fast, and you never know where the poems are going."Alicia Ostriker
"When it comes to the news from the heart, the heart in Greg Rappleye's poems has been around. And the news assures us that when the world dishes it out, we can take it, can even redeem it. This is a book that deserves the prize it's been awardedand certainly deserves readers who love their poems carved with care out of the hard stuff."Jack Ridl
"In these fine poems, Greg Rappleye celebrates as much as anything the art of talk, with all the humor, outrage, tenderness, regret, and sheer amazement of a soul at work in the daily world. You couldn't ask for a more engaging poet, or for one with a steadier, stronger sense of attentiveness that may be art's best hope."Brooks Haxton
"These poems make me think of a length of copper wire, with one end tapped into ancient history and the other end soldered to the now. When Rappleye lets the juice flow between these two points, the two become one, and we readers get zapped."Lucia Perillo
Greg Rappleye is an attorney who lives in Grand Haven, Michigan, and the author of a previous book of poems, Holding Down the Earth. He won the Mississippi Review Prize in Poetry, and his work has appeared in the Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Sycamore Review, and The Pushcart Prize XXV: Best of the Small Presses.
108 pp. 6 x
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