Ishion Hutchinson returns to the difficult beauty of the Jamaican landscape with lyric precision, holding his world at an angle astonishing, surprising, incisive.


Genre: Books, Poetry.

Full Title: House of Lords and Commons

Author: Ishion Hutchinson, award-winning Jamaican poet, author of Far District: Poems (2010), Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University.

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan

Place: New York City, NY

Description: Ishion Hutchinson has published an extraordinarily strong second book of poetry, House of Lords and Commons, where he returns to the difficult beauty of the Jamaican landscape with remarkable lyric precision.

Here, Hutchinson holds his world in full focus but at an astonishing angle: from the violence of the seventeenth-century English Civil War as refracted through a mythic sea wanderer, right down to the dark interior of love.

With ears tuned to the vernacular, the collection vividly binds us to what is terrifying about happiness, loss, and the lure of the sea. House of Lords and Commons testifies to the particular courage it takes to wade unsettled, uncertain, and unfettered in the wake of our shared human experience.

For more details, see the book’s publication site at Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan.

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