Another debut book we are delighted to be helping welcome into the world is Port Townsend poet and boat-wright Matthew Nienow’s excellent first collection, House of Water (Alice James Books). “Matthew Nienow understands the spell-like power of calling things by their ancient, actual names: nubbins and sapwood, preachers and riving knives, lapstrake and bulwarks and sponsons. House of Water is a marvelous debut, full of love songs to work, to struggle, and to all that is plumb, and level, and true.” —Patrick Phillips. “Deeply felt and beautifully built, the poems in Matthew Nienow’s long-awaited debut shimmer with hard-won grace. Nienow—father, husband, boat builder—is a keen observer of his world. He pries open intimate moments to reveal joy, sorrow, and music that’s restorative, uncanny. Cumulatively, the poems are a testament to a rural life and to the eternal bonds love hammers into existence. Formally rigorous and emotionally complex, House of Water is a staggering book that marks the arrival of an important voice in American poetry.” —Eduardo C. Corral.