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Presenting House, an original poem by Neil Gaiman in celebration of National Poetry Month on

Illustrated by Allen Williams

Edited by


Published on April 2, 2013


Presenting “House,” an original poem by Neil Gaiman in celebration of National Poetry Month on, acquired for by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.



Sometimes I think it’s like I live in a big giant head on a hilltop
made of papier mache, a big giant head of my own head.
I polish the eyes which would be windows, or
mow the lawn, I mean this is my house we’re talking about here
even if it is a big giant papier mache head that looks just like mine.
And people who go past
in cars or buses or see the house the head on the hill from trains
they think the house is me.
I’ll be sleeping there, or polishing the eyes, or weeding the lawn,
but no-one will see me, no-one would look.
And no-one would ever come. And if I waved no-one even knows it was me waving.
They’d all be looking in the wrong place, at the head on the hill.

I can see your house from here.


“House” copyright © 2013 Neil Gaiman

Art copyright © 2013 Allen Williams

About the Author

Neil Gaiman


Neil Gaiman is the bestselling author of DC's comic series Sandman; two books of short fiction, Smoke and Mirrors and Fragile Things; and several novels, including Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, the Mythopoeic Award-winning Stardust, and the awards-list punctuation minefield that is the Hugo, Nebula, Bram Stoker, SFW, and Locus Award-winning and World Fantasy and Minnesota Book Award-nominated American Gods.

For younger readers, he's written Coraline and the Newbury Award-winning The Graveyard Book, and for parents who like reading to their future readers, The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, and Blueberry Girl.

Born and raised in England, Neil now lives in Minnesota.

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