Just a Moment


“Few collections grab me right away, but this did. The early poems amplified the title ‘Just a moment’, while the fourth, beginning “In 1956 God shaved off his beard / and vanished into thin air” gave me an immediate sense of kinship with Ian House.” ~ David Ashbee, in South

“…these are poems of great technical skill which balance form and content extremely thoughtfully … in taking a lifelong engagement with visual and literary art as inspiration, Ian House has created his own, quite astonishing, works of art.”  ~ Chris Edgoose, woodbeepoet.com

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“Ian House’s New and Selected is full of wry, thoughtful, fine lyric poetry. It concerns itself with absence and elusiveness, age and mortality but is itself never elusive or lacking in vigour. It is full of anger, passion and hope. His poetic voice is fluent and full of resounding clarity.” ~ Sasha Dugdale

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Life is change and life is various. The new poems in Ian House’s Just a Moment consistently probe the transformations wrought by aging and by creation but their subjects range from Wallace Stevens’s guitar to a child drawing, from a medieval monk cataloguing saints’ bones to Ovid’s violent and sexual Metamorphoses. A central sequence explores the nature of art through the paintings of Paul Nash.

Ian House. Paperback, 210 x 135mm, 84 pages, April 2020.


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