Broom's evocative, addictive memoir, The Yellow House (Grove, $26, 9780802125088, eBook available), is more than the story of a girl growing up, or of her sprawling African American family, or even of the eponymous shotgun house
where they all lived.
Broom describes the modest wooden shotgun house
with the screened-in porch that her mother Ivory Mae bought at age nineteen, with $3200 cash, as an ever-challenging physical space in which to live and grow up.
The collection likewise intersects with transnational and borderlands cultural studies with a look at the myriad influences of that distinctive domicile of the lower Mississippi, the shotgun house
With its single-houses, two- and three-story, one-room wide, like a beautified shotgun house
on steroids, its Rainbow Row on the Battery looking out on the harbor, its churches (it was known as the Holy City for its French Huguenot, Anglican, Baptist spires) it is an unreal city, an embarrassment of elegant, palmetto-lined history.
I repeatedly wake at 3AM, what Grandma Walker called the convict hour, when escaped men would break into your shotgun house
to kill you.
in the trees all around the shotgun house
& that scent of cedar
Now if you could only get the shotgun house
Amplifying local architectural vernacular, Potrc placed her vividly colored "sculptural" case study of a New Orleans shotgun house
front and center.
"She is leaving behind / the dirt roads of Mississippi, the film / of red dust around her ankles, the thin / whistle of wind through the floorboards / of the shotgun house
, the very idea of home."
Normally on October 31st, my twin brother and I would step out of our shotgun house
and rush to every home within a three-block radius.
It attracts artist exhibits from across America to its shotgun house
The design was also driven by his admiration for the New Orleans shotgun house
, the Charleston single-wide and two Boca Grande dwellings.