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House Built of Rain Russell Thornton

House Built of Rain

Russell Thornton

Published April 15th 2003
ISBN : 9781550172812
Paperback
85 pages
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Russell Thornton has the rare ability to be both keenly observant of the minute details of his environment and intensely introspective. His poetry is full of startling images that will stay with you long after turning the final page.In House BuiltMoreRussell Thornton has the rare ability to be both keenly observant of the minute details of his environment and intensely introspective. His poetry is full of startling images that will stay with you long after turning the final page.In House Built of Rain, Thornton takes his readers on a dizzying journey of human experience - from the yearning of a young child to the sorrow of an adult losing a loved one to Alzheimers. He covers a lot of ground along the way, witnessing prostitutes counting out their smiles, / and hiding in their pupils or hiking to the mouth of the Capilano River where the gulls know how the waters of this place can run two ways at once.Thornton writes about extremes: the moment of conception and the moment of death, tranquil forests and smoky urban bars, abuse and tenderness. Concerned but never pessimistic, fierce but compassionate, narrative but lyrical, House Built of Rain is a balanced collection of work that reveals Thorntons considerable talents as a wordsmith. Though his poems are often dark and edgy, he shows us beauty in a scream, ecstasy in violence and, in a dying breath, the universe.