Robert Fillman’s debut collection House Bird is available for purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Firefly Bookstore the publisher @Terrapin Books, and from other online retailers.

Back-cover Blurbs for November Weather Spell:

The poems in House Bird drill deep beneath the surface of domestic life, finding the essential truth in the tension between what gets said and what goes unsaid, exploring the consequences of speaking and the consequences of remaining silent. Fillman reveals how vulnerable we are, even in our own bedrooms, basements, driveways. Like in the Hopper and Wyeth paintings that inspire some of his poems, he finds the mood between desire and loneliness, that feeling so profound and universal that we can only bow our heads in recognition. A remarkable debut by a promising young poet. –Jim Daniels, author of Gun/Shy

These are wonderful poems, full of memory and keen observation, alive to their fingertips.  I don’t think I’ll ever forget “The Blue Hour,” for instance, with its image of the dead ‘swirling / from chimneys like hundreds of souls / lured by stars,’ and then that final image of ‘Katie Estan’s older sister,’ dead from meningitis, who returns to drift past the speaker’s ‘snow-shackled rooftop.’ Poem after poem in House Bird is beyond beautiful. This is a book to savor, to reread. A splendid poetic achievement. –Jay Parini, author of New and Collected Poems:  1975-2015

Fillman excavates what might seem ordinary to find radiance. In striking, fully articulated poems, he explores generational ties and the pains-taking wages of parenthood. These poems are clear-eyed, generous, and compassionate. As when Fillman writes movingly about blessing a house for its future inhabitants, in similar fashion, these poems offer their blessings to readers. –Lee Upton, author of Bottle the Bottles the Bottles the Bottles: Poems  


cover photo by Jason Martin 


Interviews about House Bird

An Interview With The Poet Robert Fillman

Terrapin Interview Series: Meghan Sterling Interviews Robert Fillman 


Reviews of House Bird

Newpages: Down Right Poetry – Review of House Bird by Ron Mohring

Pembroke Magazine: Review of House Bird by Aaron Cole