Monday, December 28, 2009

When the House is Quiet

When the House is Quiet - by Kirsten Jones Neff

This is a new book, a collection of poems, by my almost-sister-in-law Kirsten. She is the winner of the 2009 Starting Gate Award.

The book is now available for pre-sale from Finishing Line Press. The book ships in March.

Read more about it and pre-order here!


In her prize-winning collection of poems, When The House Is Quiet, Kirsten Neff has given us light: from the “meager wisps of sun” in a winter kitchen to “Technicolor evening promises” of childhood to light glistening from “ardent grapes”. These poems gleam and surprise with the beauty of their language and the power of close observation as a woman explores the permutations of family. Ms Neff uses the lens of memory to capture breathtaking moments of connection to her children, her husband, her landscape, her self. These are rich poems, worthy of repeated savoring.

~Catharine Clark-Sayles, author of One Breath and Lifeboat

Deeply personal and deeply felt, Kirsten Neff's poems radiate love and human connection in an earthy, honest and unflinching voice. When The House Is Quiet is a graceful debut collection that is lyrical, moving and wise.

~Rose Black, author of Clearing and Winter Light


Kirsten Jones Neff is a writer, gardening teacher, and filmmaker who lives with her family in Northern California. Her work has appeared in several PBS films, periodicals and anthologies, including When The Muse Calls: Poems for The Creative Life, 34th Parallel, Ode, The Believer Englishcafe.com, WriterAdvice.com, The Poetry Farmer’s Almanac, and The Marin Poetry Center Anthology. This is her first collection of poetry.

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