In the Little House


Poems by Jenn Habel

Publication:  2009
Pages: 28
Chapbook Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Chapbook, $6
ISBN 13: 978-0-9798714-81


2008 Winner of the Copperdome Poetry Chapbook Contest


"There are books that leave us, once we have turned the last page, with a soft, clear tone that overrides ideas or emotional impressions. It is the music of grief and desire, when grief and desire have become indistinguishably joined. Jenn Habel's In the Little House is such a collection. 'No one told me it would be so impersonal . . .' says its speaker, 'my charge/ to be her globe, then station, / then something in a warm wind. . .' How beautiful a book that so embodies its subject matter, an emptiness from which children are born and poems imagined. How difficult a resolution to release a child in small increments, a world whose loveliness can only move continuously away. Habel's poems are the little houses of that world: in which first memories and first words are right now being made."

óDavid Keplinger


Jenn Habel is the author of Good Night Bynum, a chapbook published by The Press at Colorado College. Her poems have appeared in The Believer, Gulf Coast, The Southeast Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.


Listen to Jenn read several of her poems, as well as talk about her poetry, at her page at From the Fishouse.


Cover Art by Nancy Havlick Pinchera

Title: Grey House, oil on canvas