“The Man Who Saws Us in Half” Explores Shifting Sense of Wonder
BATON ROUGE – Through silence and song, death and rebirth, experiences of the magical and miraculous pervade every minute of our lives. In “The Man Who Saws Us in Half,” available from LSU Press, Ron Houchin explores this idea from the first curiosities of childhood to the gradual skepticism that comes with age and the weight of practical concerns.
In the whimsical poem “The Lion That Finds You Asleep in His Dream,” the sleeping figure relives some of the magical allure that youth offered both gratuitously and ubiquitously: “The moon’s still high in its arc, / and you know / you spilled from this lion’s heart.” With his unique and colloquial voice, Houchin allows the reader to admire the surrounding world with renewed appreciation and awe.
Houchin is the author of five previous poetry collections: “Museum Crows,” “Birds in the Tops of Winter Trees,” “Among Wordless Things,” “Moveable Darkness” and “Death and the River.” A retired public high school teacher, he lives on the banks of the Ohio River across from Huntington, W.Va., where he grew up.