In the House of Memory by Gary Lark is a collection of 51 stories, poems, and monologues as told by the residents of Valley View Manor, a home for the elderly. These stories are full of life and character, from jovial to somber and everything in between.
Hardcover, 6.25″ x 7.75″
Bound by hand
First Printing: 100 copies, numbered
“In the House of Memory is a book every reader will remember. Gary Lark moves from room to room in Valley View Manor where he gives us the voices, stories, obsessions, and current confusions of the elderly residents. ‘Clara was always the pretty one.’ ‘It was whisky nights and beer breakfasts.’ ‘She comes in when I’m sleeping and says my name.’ ‘I spent the first half of life trying to kill myself and the last half trying not to die.’ In both poetry and prose this compassionate book takes us on a powerful journey through many ordinary lives. This poet makes us care.” –Penelope Scambly Schott, her most recent book is House of the Cardamom Seed.
Gary Lark’s work includes: Without a Map (Wellstone Press, 2013), Getting By (winner of the Holland Prize from Logan House Press, 2009) and three chapbooks. His work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Hubbub, Poet Lore, and The Sun. Three poems were featured on The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Gary Lark and his wife Dorothy live in Oregon’s Rogue Valley.