Karen Dennison

Poet and artist

The Paper House

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‘Bright with startling sensory details, these are poems in which bodies, buildings and lives stand in for each other; poems of sheds, outbuildings and the paper houses of memory. Karen Dennison’s writing is playful with time, speaking the voices of those who were never given the chance to speak, mining the depths of family and inheritance as well as the brutality of loss. These are moving, wise poems, poems in which the reader becomes “a traveller / returning home to find a house familiar / yet strange.”‘ Suzannah Evans

‘“In my hands there are scraps of sky and sea”, writes Karen Dennison in the title poem, as she hands them over to the reader for a look. The Paper House flickers with poems that snatch at your memory. They are an accumulation of sharp snapshots pasted on a sheet to create a whole that is intricate and lingering. Dennison guides you with sensitive mastery through a glass where interiors are wild landscapes, and the sky a misbehaving memory. The journey is well worth it.’ Claire Trévien

All profits from sales of the book will go to St Mungo’s charity for the homeless.

Published by Hedgehog Poetry Press