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Ghost Lights Paperback – May 15, 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Dream Horse Press; First Edition edition (May 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193571600X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935716006
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,764,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Keith Montesano is the author of the poetry collections Ghost Lights (Dream Horse Press, 2010), and Scoring the Silent Film (Dream Horse Press, 2013). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Hayden's Ferry Review, Third Coast, Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. He recently earned his PhD in English and creative writing from Binghamton University, and currently lives in New York with his wife. Find more at http://www.keithmontesano.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gary McDowell on June 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
An exemplary collection by the young and supremely talented Keith Montesano. The poems collected herein explore the pscyhological, spiritual, and physiological repurcussions and limits of elegiac speech, poesy, rhetoric, and shape. The poet, while in control of his world and the life he spins from the crumbs of love and death, never--and yet always--succombs to the beauty of language and image above all else.

Comparing and contrasting the remnants of movie scenes, lines, and character motivations with often heart-breaking and violent news-stories, Montesano creates a world unsettled and unsettling, a world where cinema invades and evades his speaker's pysche and the murders, kidnappings, and unsolved crimes from the back of America's newspapers add texture to a grizzled/grizzly voice. These poems ache with a clarity of mind and glitter with an adventurous linguistic spirit, but never once will one of Montesano's speakers admit psychological defeat without simultaneously admitting and exemplifying a strength of spirit found rarely in contemporary poetry.

Elegiac in turns and celebratory always, Montesano's poems sing the day as they envelope the night and always in-between is the language lit from within like firefly cupped between palms.

A must read for all poetry fans. Buy your copy now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Casey Pegram on June 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I come to Keith Montesano's work through cinema, rather than poetry, as I'm versed much more in the former. Anyone who loves the delicate natural beauty of Terrence Malick's films will be at home here - but Montesano's work is also rooted in something darker and more elegiac, a perpetual sense of tragedy and loss interwoven with visual splendor. A wonderful first collection.
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