VAN PROOYEN- OUR HOUSE WAS ON FIRE
VAN PROOYEN-"Our House Was on Fire is an arresting, beautiful, and deeply satisfying book of longing, yet longing for what can never be known. And that gives this collection its powerful complexity: what is wanted or contemplated is tempting, but impossible. True desire recognizes what one might lose and also what one must give. Much is given in this book, much of the poet’s mind and honest heart. Van Prooyen’s poems offer a celebration, a carefully laid out feast." -- Maurice Manning
Nominated by Philip Levine, this collection was the 2013 winner of the Robert McGovern Memorial Publication Prize and is Van Prooyen's second book.