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As a collection of poetry and prose, Phantoms as Euphemisms for Disaster explores the many faces of loss. Not only the loss of love, but loss of language, culture, identity and self. The book seamlessly navigates the silences between harrowing conversations, to realizations about growing up, about grief and how to deal with loss, to the reawakening of tenderness, hope and ...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published November 15th 2015 by Kingdoms in the Wild (first published November 13th 2015)
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Eleanor
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry, 5-star-2018
Well god freaking damn.

This book has only cemented N.L. Shompole's status as one of my favorite poets, right up there with, if I may be so bold, E.E. Cummings and Richard Siken. From structure to language, everything about Shompole's writing explodes with complex emotion and beauty. Not only is the form of her poems unique, there are so many times I was reading and thought "yes, exactly!" She puts so well into words plenty of thoughts and themes that are often difficult to capture. Plus, reading
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Eunice Moral
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Review to follow. :)
Xian Xian
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was received for an honest review

Spectre Specter Blue Ravine is her latest collection. It’s more on the personal side, more of a self-discovery or coming of age type of collection. Where themes such as diaspora, death, loss, and the question of home and what is home are the main structure of the collection.
This one is a lot more developed compared to her previous ones. The surrealism and the fantastical kind of evaporate in the background and now it’s more about the self, but it is still
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Hristina
Advance Readers’ Copy

Enormous thanks to N.L. Shompole for reaching out and giving me the chance to read this collection before its release.



“Some beasts are better left slumbering.”

I had to read this collection three times before I realized what exactly was happening to me. From the very beginning I felt as if I’m being overwhelmed by something, and as I read on, the feeling only grew. I finished it in about two hours, I took a small break and started it again. Once again, I felt overpowered. I
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oh my god oh my god oh my god
Dwayne Wojtowicz
I won this book in a Goodreads.com giveaway.

“Spectre Specter Blue Ravine” is a collection of poetry with “phantoms as euphemisms for disaster.”

As this is my first attempt to read a collection of poetry and prose, I found it somewhat cumbersome to find no rhythm, pattern or even a beat in N. L. Shompole’s writings. Though the poetry does speak strong on issues such as love, loss and even longing; however, I felt empty after I read them.

Now, I might not be the best judge on a book of poetry, but
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Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Will write a full review later!!
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N.L. Shompole was born in Kenya. She is a multi-platform artist whose written and photographic works have been featured in various print and online publications including Words Dance Publication, Maps for Teeth, Invitation Annual, Kinfolks Quarterly and The Rising Phoenix Review. Her latest collection Spectre Specter Blue Ravine was released November 2015.

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