Author: Paul House

Poetry: That's Where I Belong

                                                   (for Susie)


Sometimes she would stay up late,

long after he’d gone to bed,

reading about ruined cities

submerged beneath the sea

off the north coast of Africa

where she had grown up

and he would strain his ears

to hear the pages turn,

imagining her swimming

just below the surface of the water

looking for headless statues

or stern carved faces with seaweed beards,

frightening the bright fish

into shoals of colour and fan-like shapes.

She had swum here too

when they’d first arrived,

diving deep into the coral reefs,

until they turned the boat back towards the shore

and made love for hours on one of the sandy beaches.

Sample Chapters

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Mandelstam and Mayakovsky •  The Lighted Window  •  Alone with the Years •  The Poet Tires •  Something there is •  La Madrugada •  Postcard of a Golden Retriever •  Poem For Anna •  Shellfish •  Miguel Hernandez •  At the Edge of the Ebro •  Gone •  Playing Cards •  That's Where I Belong •  An Abstract Perfection •  Pearls in a Glass