In her first full collection of poems, The Enchanted House, Beth E. Janzen explores the seductions and abductions of a self under the spell of fierce enchantments that are physical and metaphysical, blessing and curse. In her House, Janzen constructs stories of interiority in the house of the psyche, the body, the book. Rigorous in curiosity and intellect, Janzen’s poems are a delicate conversation between the truth of things as they are and things as they are imagined. They witness the violence and innocence of thoughts and actions stripped of generative power or constrained by pernicious fates, irresistible choices, and the intractable wills of domestic gods. Precise in form and language, Janzen traces the jubilant, wrenching, rough couplings and uncouplings at the core of human relationship — and of metaphor. Praise for Beth Janzen’s poetry: The poetry in Janzen’s Night Vanishes has the elegance and inwardness of Japanese Haiku, and yet it is full of an intense and personal music. How can anything so delicate be so sharp?