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Ghost Fargo

4.37  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
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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Nov 12, 2010 Michael rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 11, 2010 James rated it really liked it
Another stellar collection from one of my favorite contemporary poets.
Sep 05, 2010 Stacie rated it it was amazing
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.
Mar 29, 2012 Jena rated it did not like it
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.
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Ghost Fargo 3 9 Mar 14, 2010 09:37PM  
Paula Cisewski's third collection of poems, The Threatened Everything, will appear in 2016 through Burnside Review Books. Her first collection of lyric prose, Misplaced Sinister, is newly available through Red Bird Chapbooks. Her work has been honored with awards and residencies through Nightboat Books, The Jerome Foundation, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, and The Minnesota State Arts Board, a ...more
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