Boomhouse

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A collection of poems by Summer J. Hart, forthcoming 2023

POETRY

Given the right conditions, the severed ends of a girl’s braids can skin a bear. Given the right conditions, hair will harden to pine needles, coil thick from the nape like the rope of a tire swing. Given the right conditions, a girl can wrap her needle-hair around a furred neck, splinter the soft between river-soaked toes, poke out eyes glittering from whiskey. Given the right conditions, a girl can stove a bear up real good. – from “Winter Island” by Summer J. Hart, Boomhouse, 2023

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About the Book

Based on historical and oral accounts, superstitious customs, and family lore, Boomhouse travels a chain of rivers and lakes from Canada to Bangor, Maine, centering around the mill town of Millinocket. It navigates complicated northern waterways and the equally complicated dynamics of families that are both Native and settler. Boomhouse weaves a narrative about the fortitude it takes to break cycles of poverty, abuse, racism, and alcoholism. Millinocket, “the land of many islands” in Abenaki—a once booming “Magic City,” sprung up seemingly overnight out of the wilderness—is now a land of many ghosts.


About the Author

Summer J. Hart is an interdisciplinary artist from Maine, living in the Hudson Valley, New York. Her written and visual artworks are influenced by folklore, superstition, divination, and forgotten territories reclaimed by nature. Summer’s work appeared as part of the Land Acknowledgment at the front of The 3rd Thing’s 2021 Cohort titles and we are thrilled to publish her full-length poetry collection, Boomhouse in 2023. She is also the author of the microchapbook, Augury of Ash (Post Ghost Press). Her poetry can be found in WaxwingThe Massachusetts ReviewNorthern New England ReviewDenver Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her mixed-media installations have been featured in galleries including Pen + Brush, NYC; Gitana Rosa Gallery at Paterson Art Factory, Paterson, NJ; and LeMieux Galleries, New Orleans, LA. She is a member of the Listuguj Mi’gmaq First Nation.


About Our Books as Objects

All 3rd Thing books are thoughtfully designed for people who love books…to read them, to smell them, to write in their wide margins, to tuck things in their pages. They feature recycled cover stock and French folds for holding your place. All the 2023 books will be 8″ x 5.5″…not too tall and not too small – so they’ll fit neatly together on your shelf or in a stack on your coffee table…because they are so beautiful, you will want to look at them all the time.

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 8 × 5.5 × .5 in