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The Green House

Joyce Sutphen

ISBN: 978-1-910669-61-7

Page Count: 76

Publication Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Cover Artwork: Photography by Jessie Lendennie


About this Book

In The Green House, we find clouds, a variety of birds (each a messenger from some other world), and the inspiring landscape, skyscape, seascape, creaturescape of Ireland, where poems appear magically out of thin bright air, before breakfast or one morning on the beach between Liscannor and Lahinch. 
Joyce Sutphen always pays close attention in her poems.  She sees how “the cows change shape as they move,” how the morning clouds in Dingle “bellied down over the mountains and broke into grey, white, and blue.”
In The Green House, Joyce Sutphen’s close attention meets her own continuing song—an Irish “tune without the words.” Here are the words…the words that perfectly match that yearning old tune...that old tune we already know in our bones.

Tim Nolan
Author of The Field


Author Biography

Joyce Sutphen grew up on a farm in Stearns County, Minnesota. Her first collection of poems, Straight Out of View, won the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; Coming Back to the Body was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award, and Naming the Stars won a Minnesota Book Award in Poetry. In 2005, Red Dragonfly Press published Fourteen Sonnets in a letterpress edition.  She is one of the co-editors of To Sing Along the Way, an award winning anthology of Minnesota women poets.   Her fourth collection, First Words, was published in 2010; in 2012, House of Possibility, a letter press edition of poems, was published by Accordion Press, followed by After Words, which was published in 2013, and Modern Love & Other Myths (2015), which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. She is the second Minnesota Poet Laureate, succeeding Robert Bly, and she teaches literature and creative writing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

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