Paperback Price: $15.95
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-938584-64-0


Selected Poem

[And Now the Song of a Man]

And now the song of a man

who has been to the sawyer,
his oiled mill tuned

to the wants of the work,
each filed tooth of bandsaw's

looped blade gleaning
into the tree's unseen, whereby

the wanted shape is laid bare,
and the maker no more must make.

House of Water


“Nienow’s lyrics fit together with watertight precision as he praises labor and the act of trudging through when disaster strikes. . .”

Publishers Weekly

“Matthew Nienow understands the spell-like power of calling things by their ancient, actual names: nubbins and sapwood, preachers and riving knives, lapstrake and bulwarks and sponsons. House of Water is a marvelous debut, full of love songs to work, to struggle, and to all that is plumb, and level, and true.”
—Patrick Phillips

“Deeply felt and beautifully built, the poems in Matthew Nienow’s long-awaited debut shimmer with hard-won grace. Nienow—father, husband, boat builder—is a keen observer of his world. He pries open intimate moments to reveal joy, sorrow, and music that’s restorative, uncanny. Cumulatively, the poems are a testament to a rural life and to the eternal bonds love hammers into existence. Formally rigorous and emotionally complex, House of Water is a staggering book that marks the arrival of an important voice in American poetry.”
—Eduardo C. Corral

“Within his first full length poetry collection, House of Water, Nienow puts his indelible signature on the short list of now emerging poets who contain within them that rare and wondrous alchemy of intellectual curiosity, emotional truthfulness, and formal acumen that will move the poetic art forward in decades to come. And oh, the beautiful structures Nienow builds from his shipyard, and with such expertly sharpened tools. This is as fine a first book as I’ve ever read. An absolute pleasure, and must read for all serious poetry lovers.”
—Erin Belieu

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