The collection is called Houses and it's published by Aventine Press.
Houses: Poems by Homer Starkey
In Houses, his first poetry collection, Homer Starkey explores past trauma, sudden loss, self-isolation, and the spirit's ultimate rejuvination. At times pithy and playful, other times a stream of somber consciousness, these collected poems interlace humor and sorroe to reflect the beautiful struggle of life.
What to Do When the World Ends
When cougars lose their claws
When rednecks don't say "y'all"
When porn stars want to cuddle
The remaining sane should huddle
When praised poets fill stadiums
When southern belles won't wear their mums
When husbands tell wives, "I understand"
We should all come up with a plan
We fall, are grieved, decay
Like the sins we bring,
Our championed things
Now the world of lofty song--
These bucolic gardens--
Fossilize in disrepair;
The heart and phloem hardens
Our punishment is this:
Not limbo or hell or black,
But days finding ways to make more days,
None of which exact