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Ghost Fargo

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Paula Cisewski guides us through a landscape that resonates with the fugitive and far-gone, the ghosts of what Whitman calls our "go-befores." A brother vanishes, and gives rise to a second city of the mind, in which "the dead and the missing" remain citizens, in which Keats's negative capability is the sheriff in town. Cisewski constructs a swaggering, tender, Carneyesque...more
Paperback, 91 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Nightboat Books
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from Ghost Fargo by Paula Cisewski:

"Cape Disappointment, WA"

Is that how you are these days?
Like the Graveyard of the Pacific?
I am a bit.
-Anne de Marcken

This shore shall be named
after my disappointment so that

my disappointment can jut out
into the vast ocean.

Future travelers will build
a lighthouse to warn passing ships

of my disappointment, which is
a threat on foggy nights.

Lewis and Clark will plant
a flag proudly atop,

though I had claimed
my disappointment first.

Troops will arrive
to fortify my lush...more
Another stellar collection from one of my favorite contemporary poets.
This isn't a reflection on Paula Cisweski in any way (at least, there was nothing wrong with this book) I just really don't like this kind of poetry. I found myself struggling through it. Someone who likes poetry with a stream-of-consciousness feel to it will probably like this book much more than I did.
I really enjoyed this book. I too grew up in Fargo and had my own ghosts to face. This is very well written and thought provoking. I also found that it engaged my emotions.
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Ghost Fargo 3 9 Mar 14, 2010 09:37PM  
Paula Cisewski is the author of Ghost Fargo, selected by Franz Wright for the Nightboat Poetry Prize, Upon Arrival, and of three chapbooks. A Jerome grant and MSAB Grant recipient, her poems appear regularly in literary magazines such as Poetry City, USA; Forklift, OH; H_NGM_N; A Handsome Journal; BOMB; Burnside Review; REVOLUTIONesque; Everyday Genius; and She lives in Minneapolis...more
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