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ErosIon
ErosIon, by Nancy A. Henry
Language as a Second Language
Language as a Second Language, by Ted Bookey
Be Careful What You Wish For
Be Careful What You Wish For, by Alice N. Persons
Driftland
Driftland, by Michael Macklin
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums
Whispers, Cries, & Tantrums, by Jay C. Davis
Never say Never
Never say Never, by Alice N. Persons
Sex, Death, and Baseball
Sex, Death, and Baseball, by David Moreau
Humming to Snails
Humming to Snails, by Ellen M. Taylor
The Flame and the Fiction
The Flame and the Fiction, by Darcy Shargo
Europe on $5 a Day
Europe on $5 a Day, by Nancy A. Henry
Laundry and Stories
Laundry and Stories, by Robin Merrill
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems
A Sense of Place: Collected Maine Poems, by Bay River Press
Walking Track
Walking Track, by Jay Franzel
Ways of Looking
Ways of Looking, by Edward J. Rielly
Things As They Are
Things As They Are, by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press
A Moxie and a Moon Pie: The Best of Moon Pie Press, by Nancy A. Henry and Alice N. Persons, Editors
Traveling Through History
Traveling Through History, by Patrick Hicks
Unidentified Flying Odes
Unidentified Flying Odes, by Dennis Camire
Innumerable Machines in My Mind:  Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison
Innumerable Machines in My Mind: Found Poetry in the Papers of Thomas A. Edison, by Dr. Blaine McCormick
Evidence of Light
Evidence of Light, by Marita O'Neill
Rags of Prayer
Rags of Prayer, by Kevin Sweeney
The Stream
The Stream, by Don Moyer
Child is Working to Capacity
Child is Working to Capacity, by Tom Delmore
The Desire Line
The Desire Line, by Michelle Lewis
Tuscany Light
Tuscany Light, by M. Kelly Lombardi
The Hard Way
The Hard Way, by Jay C. Davis
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate
Angel of the Heavenly Tailgate, by Annie Farnsworth
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II
Full Moon Rising: the Best of Moon Pie Press, Volume II, by Alice N. Persons and Nancy A. Henry, Editors
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties
Poems of Maine in the Nineteen Thirties and Forties, by Brenda Shaw
Sostenuto
Sostenuto, by Karen Douglass
Essays in All Directions
Essays in All Directions, by Robert M. Chute
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional
You Can Still Go To Hell...and Other Truths About Being a Helping Professional, by David Moreau
Singing With the Dead
Singing With the Dead, by Ted Thomas, Jr.
Socks
Socks, by Jay C. Davis
Early Late Bloom
Early Late Bloom, by Jim Mello
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems
Old Whitman Loved Baseball and Other Baseball Poems, by Edward J. Rielly
He Gives Me Flowers
He Gives Me Flowers, by Gaylord Day Weston
The Church of St. Materiana
The Church of St. Materiana, by Anne Britting Olesen
Lostalgia
Lostalgia, by Ted Bookey
Life Class
Life Class, by Ruth Bookey
To the Promised Land Grocery
To the Promised Land Grocery, by Bruce Spang
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir
Drowning: A Poetic Memoir, by Claire Hersom
How Many Cars Have We Been Married?
How Many Cars Have We Been Married?, by Ted Bookey, editor
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I
Safe Harbor: Port Veritas Poetry Anthology, Volume I, by Edited by Alice Persons & Nathan Amadon
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry
Agreeable Friends, Contemporary Animal Poetry, by Alice Persons, Editor
The Ur-Word
The Ur-Word, by Jim Glenn Thatcher
Ordinary Time
Ordinary Time, by Kevin Sweeney
I Have Walked Through Many Lives
I Have Walked Through Many Lives, by Young Voices - Scarborough
A House of Bottles
A House of Bottles, by Robin Merrill
Floating
Floating, by Ellen M. Taylor
Vivaldi for Breakfast
Vivaldi for Breakfast, by John-Michael Albert
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND
BLACK BOAT BLACK WATER BLACK SAND, by Dave Morrison
The Lawns of Lobstermen
The Lawns of Lobstermen, by Douglas "Woody" Woodsum
With a W/Hole in One
With a W/Hole in One, by Ted Bookey
What on Earth
What on Earth, by Marcia F. Brown
Blues in the Night
Blues in the Night, by Herb R. Coursen
Through the Loop of Time
Through the Loop of Time, by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim
SARX
SARX, by Nancy A. Henry
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy
ALMOST A REMEMBRANCE - Shorter Poems by Jack McCarthy, by Jack McCarthy
Thank Your Lucky Stars
Thank Your Lucky Stars, by Alice N. Persons
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems
To Sadie at 18 Months and other poems, by Edward J. Rielly
Faulty Wiring
Faulty Wiring, by Bob MacLaughlin
Heaven Jumping Woman
Heaven Jumping Woman, by Pam Burr Smith
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw
Tell them that you saw me but you didn't see me saw, by Tom Delmore
The Bird Catcher
The Bird Catcher, by John-Michael Albert
The Common Law
The Common Law, by James McKenna
Marengo Street
Marengo Street, by Anna Bat-Chai Wrobel
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality
PASSION AND PRIDE: Poets in Support of Equality, by Bruce Spang
HOME and Other Places
HOME and Other Places, by Wil Gibson
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta
Sun Shining on Snow: Poetry from the Senior College at the University of Maine at Augusta, by Ted Bookey
My First Beatrice
My First Beatrice, by David Stankiewicz
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer
Rifles, Rumors, Gin And Prayer, by Jim Donnelly
Observed From a Skin Boat
Observed From a Skin Boat, by John Holt Willey
Back East
Back East, by Michele Leavitt
The Widow From Lake Bled
The Widow From Lake Bled, by Kirby Wright
Burning Chairs
Burning Chairs, by John P. McVeigh
Boy at the Screen Door
Boy at the Screen Door, by Bruce Spang
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems
JESUS WAS A FEMINIST and Other Poems, by Robin Merrill
When We Invented Water
When We Invented Water, by Marcia F. Brown
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody
Boulders, Birch and Wood Smoke: A Maine Melody, by Stephen A. Cowperthwaite
Nothing Is Real
Nothing Is Real, by Stanley Jordan Keach, Jr.
All Four Seasons
All Four Seasons, by Jim Mello
Feasting on Air
Feasting on Air, by Eva Miodownik Oppenheim
Stable
Stable, by David R. Surette
Compass Rose
Compass Rose, by Ellen M. Taylor
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II
THE WILDEST PEAL: Contemporary Animal Poetry II, by Alice Persons, Editor
Not Just Anybody
Not Just Anybody, by Bruce Spang
The Left Side of My Life
The Left Side of My Life , by Dana Robbins
Fancy Meeting You Here
Fancy Meeting You Here, by Alice N. Persons
Same Bird
Same Bird, by David McCann
Museum
Museum, by Daniel Duff Plunkett
Imminent Tribulations
Imminent Tribulations, by Kevin Sweeney
Radost, My Red
Radost, My Red, by Jeri Theriault
T'ai Chi of Leaves
T'ai Chi of Leaves, by Elizabeth Potter
Saving Nails
Saving Nails, by Thomas R. Moore
At Bunker Cove
At Bunker Cove, by Ralph Stevens
I Still Feel the Swirl
I Still Feel the Swirl, by Ruth Bookey
Dreamscape
Dreamscape, by Claire Hersom
That Mischievous Moon
That Mischievous Moon, by Jim Donnelly
Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber
Sending Bette Davis to the Plumber, by Jenny Doughty
A House of Bottles

A House of Bottles

by Robin Merrill – copyright 2009

ISBN 978-1-61539-449-4

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Reviews for A House of Bottles

by Betsy Sholl, Poet Laureate of Maine

In A HOUSE OF BOTTLES, Robin Merrill writes with verve and wit. Whether she is taking us on a hospital ship to Africa or just next door, the journey is always into the depths of the human heart. Her faith is big enough to be both funny and frank, to grieve the world's terrible wounds and celebrate our enduring grit. These poems call us to compassion. Like prophecies written in lipstick across a mirror, we can't help but see, and can't possibly refuse Merrill's compelling vision.

by Gray Jacobik, author of BRAVE DISGUISES and THE DOUBLE TASK

Funny, harrowing, sad, animate: the poems gathered in Robin Merrill's A HOUSE OF BOTTLES are artful although unadorned, edgy and troubling (the way American life is edgy and troubling). and they are unshakeable--as if a rose with a canker had unfolded and spent its blooms before you. Merrill's vision isn't beautiful: it's just overwhelmingly real. These are "dare you" poems: they dare you to be vulnerable and to see. If you take the dare, you may not be glad, but you will be enriched.

Sample from A House of Bottles

The Bottle House - Kaleva, Michigan

He laid the pop bottles on their sides, bottoms out,
crafting different tints to spell Happy Home
in four foot letters spanning the wall.
All the way from Finland to run a bottle factory
and to build a house of bottles.

Now it stands, ageless, a museum
open summer Saturdays, noon to four.
For what one man spent his life
another collects donations at the door.
The only attraction in a town that boasts of quiet.

Using a secret formula for his own special mortar,
he stacked sixty thousand bottles, one by one
in perfect symmetry, corners precisely ninety degrees.
Thirty years, bent against the lake effect snow,
fingers deft inside deerskin, chaps stiff with grout.

When it was finished, John J. Mackinen stepped back
lit a smoke and said I built that.
His family was ready, their things were packed
but he died that night, without waking,
proud, satisfied and dreaming of making.