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Ghost Fargo Paperback – May 11, 2010
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Ghost Fargo by Paula Cisewski, Nightboat Books
Paula Cisewski' s second collection, Ghost Fargo, was selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize and published in 2010. She is also the author of Upon Arrival (Black Ocean, 2006) and of three chapbooks: How Birds Work (Fuori Editions, 2002), Or Else What Asked the Flame (w/Mathias Svalina, Scantily Clad e-chap, 2008), and Two Museums (MaCaHu Press 2009). She lives in Minneapolis
Perhaps this book appeals to me because of its story. Ghost Fargo has movement. It begins with the principal characters, a lost brother and `Ghost Paula' the shadowy sister left behind. She is the voice of the poem, `This very world, in which my brother holds up//a cardboard sign at the freeway exit ramp and I,/ distracted, drive right past' (4).
Ghost Fargo is a travelogue. The reader shares trekker `Ghost Paula's' view of a cross country journey from "Cape Disappointment, WA;"
This shore shall be named
after my disappointment so that
my disappointment can jut out
into the vast ocean.
to "Hell, MI,"
That the ocean is endless, yet I will
still be thirsty when I'm dead,
buzzed on the miniscule reflections of stars,
and the moon--that shovel with a face.
Ghost Fargo challenges the reader to note the appearance of ghosts and other visages. Throughout we follow ghost Paula on her journey from crisis and grief, `For nobody's gestures need be inelegant,/resembling a landscape overcome//then abandoned by sea.Read more ›