Outside from the Inside by Anne Whitehouse


The poems in Outside from the Inside were suggested by my studies of anatomy and ancient Jewish texts, the legacies of loved ones, the lives of animals and the cycle of the seasons, my family life of past and present, and testimonies of others, named and nameless, that have entered my heart. The title of the collection comes from a letter written by Isamu Noguchi to Man Ray from the Poston War Relocation Center in 1942, and the title poem speaks to his experience when he was interned there as a Japanese-American. Outside from the Inside also suggests the body as witness and the world as conceived by the self. Between this idealism and the pressures of the historical moments our lives encompass are myriad variations of experience, thought, and feeling which my poems seek to express.” —Anne Whitehouse


  • Kind: Perfectbound
  • Pages: 122
  • Language: English
  • Date Published: September, 2020
  • ISBN: 978-1-948017-96-1


For several years now, through a series of thoughtful and quietly beautiful books, Anne Whitehouse has proven herself to be among the most astute and substantial poets working in the United States. It is difficult to think of another writer who is able to combine delicate, pitch-perfect lyricism with such urgent personal material. —John Vanderslice

Anne Whitehouse’s poems ground us in earthly pleasures while beckoning us to look upward to the great beyond. Her poetry is intimate without seeming selfish.  By sharing the delicate details of a life fully lived, we see ourselves—the universal struggles, the shared celebrations, the quiet moments of questioning.  Whitehouse has taken the quotidian and spun it into tangible beauty upon the page.  And as she lies down on the grass and whispers, “I have changed the earth,” we can whisper back in gratitude that her poems have changed us. —Shawn Aveningo Sanders



Breath, shape-changer,
the organs gently swaying in their fascial hammocks
like the flora and fauna of an undersea world—
the yellow of the small intestine,
deep coral of the liver, green bile duct,
pancreas the color of the ocean floor.
Blood circulating through arterial rivers
in an endless loop.

Gently I placed my fingers
over the openings of my ears.
The sound of my breath inside my throat
was like the echo in a seashell,
ever-present, softly audible.
I tuned out the world for a moment
so I could listen.


Anne WhitehouseOutside from the Inside is Anne Whitehouse’s third poetry collection published by Dos Madres Press, following The Refrain (2012) and Meteor Shower (2016). Her other poetry collections are Blessings and Curses (Poetic Matrix Press, 2009) and The Surveyor’s Hand (Compton Press, 1981), and two chapbooks, Bear in Mind and One Sunday Morning, from Finishing Line Press. She is the author of a novel, Fall Love, available in Spanish translation as Amigos y amantes, as well as short stories, essays, feature articles, and reviews. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she divides her time between New York City and Columbia County, New York.

Anne’s decades-long friendship with Paul Pines was founded on and nourished by a mutual love of poetry, jazz, the languages and literatures of Spain and Latin America, Amerindian mythologies, art, and so much more. It is in Paul Pines’ memory and to Anne’s readers everywhere that Outside from the Inside is dedicated. www.annewhitehouse.com

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Weight 8.5 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × .375 in