Habitat of Stones

Available from Tebot Bach

Selected by Mark Irwin for the 2015 Patricia Bibby First Book Award, Habitat of Stones charts the borderlands between various gods and their creations: the masks and machines, stories and visions, that sometimes outstrip their inventors.

Praise for Habitat of Stones

‘In Ezra Dan Feldman’s luminously postmodern Habitat of Stones, “omens are aerial,” clouds thicken – in a deliciously precise observation – “like marble cake,” and “the arrogant man” (having “mistaken a bathtub for a grave”) discovers that love’s true catastrophe is when it brings equanimity. He hopes, in a line that gives this brilliant collection its title, “to restore the natural habitat of stones.” And thus is the poetry in this startling debut collection – clear, without giving up its mystery, ferociously whimsical, the wry and gorgeous language taking us places we’d never imagine without Feldman’s bold and capacious vision.’

— Cynthia Hogue, author of Revenance

‘Exposing patriarchal and capitalistic practices that often cripple society, Ezra Dan Feldman’s Habitat of Stones reveals the symptoms of living in a post-industrial and illusional, high-tech world: “He’s taken the world for a machine, a baby for a doll, a gun for a candy bar, which he offered to everyone. He once mistook a hammer for his own hand. Once he made love to a wall.”

‘Finally, Habitat of Stones directs us back to the natural world that recharges the human psyche, where a limb touched “touches you back / electrically; you’ll feel it moving in itself ten billion times / faster than a continental shelf.”‘

— Mark Irwin


Ezra Dan Feldman is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Williams College. His book, Habitat of Stones, was selected by Mark Irwin for the Patricia Bibby First Book Award, and is published by Tebot Bach (2017).

Writing Online

Lambda Literary – “Sonnet for More than Knowing (We Were There)”
Carolina Quarterly – “The Opposite of //” 
PANK – “The Arrogant Man (My Man)” and four others
Newfound 2:3 – “Situation”
Newfound 6:3 – “Lower Under”
Cider Press Review – “I Am That – ”
LEVELER – “Codicil of the Arrogant Man”
DIAGRAM – “Gods”


There’s No Place for Gentleness in this World,” a review of Nick White’s Sweet and Low, is at Gertrude Press.

Lenny & Frankie’s Neighborhood,” a review of Vince Sgambati’s Most Precious Blood, is at Gertrude Press.

Lydia Davis’s ‘Happiest Moment’ and the Convoluted Temporalities of Very Short Fiction,” is at Post Road Magazine 31.

“Criscrossed Admirations Wearing Wings” (prose) is was at the L.A. Review.

First Verse Interview with Liza Flum at OmniVerse

Contributor Spotlight” at HFR Online