House Dreams, Deanna Young’s haunted and haunting third collection, is at once a core sample of the life we all live underground, and a view beneath the foundations of the various eras and places that make up one woman’s life story. These poems have the plainspoken power, surreal shifting, uncanny logic and transformed everyday imagery of our most numinous dreams. It’s as if Jung’s assertion that “[w]hen an inner situation is not made conscious, it appears outside as fate,” is taken up here as a reading guide back through time.
Praise for House Dreams:
“Each of Deanna Young’s spare, pitch-perfect poems seems to contain a novel. Young weaves in and out of time, playing with perspective, to illuminate experience: “What would it be to stand at our own window / on our own worst night of the year, looking in?” This is poetry that makes memory sharper, consciousness larger, life longer in all directions.” — Juror’s Comments 2015 Trillium Award
House Dreams — The Malahat Review
House Dreams — Arc Poetry Magazine