Today's poem is "The Rooster"
from The Snowbound House

Anhinga Press

Shane Seely is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Washington University in St. Louis, where he teaches composition and creative writing and acts as Assistant Director of the university's freshman writing program. A native of northern Pennsylvania, he was educated in Pennsylvania, Kansas, and New York. He earned an MFA in creative writing at Syracuse University. He lives in St. Louis with his wife and their dog.

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About The Snowbound House:

"Shane Seely turns the earth over and over to find 'the rind of the world.' Two boys discover a bullet, a couple fight 'through a mouth of toothpaste,' a father gives his son a rifle. These are poems of filial complexity, meditations on death's cruelty and kindness, poems of amplitude and depth which ask us to live fully in 'the length of morning.'"
—Dorianne Laux

"The Snowbound House is a book of earth and death, a book of often-overlooked human gestures. These poems are rooted in the natural world and are full of acute and profound details. Shane Seely has written a deeply resonant book, both lyrically and emotionally. The Snowbound House is searing and tender — it is a beautiful book."
—Malena Mörling

"Shane Seely, in The Snowbound House, reminds us that to live is to be confronted daily with life's end, is to be death-haunted. These lapsed pastorals remind us that memory is, in its retrospective gaze, elegiac, burdened by grief. The Snowbound House is a remarkable first book startling in the precision of its knowing, in the adamant clarity of its verse."
—Eric Pankey

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