Built around an epistolary sequence, “The Weather Ghost Letters,” this collection presents imagesanimals, the elements, landscapesas vehicles for exploring exile. “A road drifts all over our country,” Ginsburg writes, and the speakers of these poems drift, toospiritually and physically. We experience this unmoored journey through tight, lyrical pieces that use simple, often coy language.
About the Author
MELISSA GINSBURG is the author of Arbor, a chapbook published by New Michigan Press. Her poems have appeared in The Iowa Review, Jubilat, Forklift Ohio, Pleiades, and other magazines. She teaches creative writing at the University of Mississippi and edits the literary magazine Yalobusha Review.
Table of Contents
Drift • Start with What You Know • Arbor • Pink Book • Night Shift • The Moss-Thief • Lessons • One Dead Stalk • The Job • Birthday • Medicine • In the Coat Closet • Season • How to Pet a porcupine • In the Yard • Squab • April • The Maple Tree • Turducken • Mermaid • Morning • Dear Decay • Heron • A Bowling Ball • Vatel • Spring • The Dissection • The Weather Ghost Letters • Preserve • In the Kitchen • Birthday • In the Courtyard • Birthday • Bowl • Our Hospital • Wave • My Daughter • The Game • Anniversary Poem • The Sea • The Rabbit • Season • In the Treehouse
What People are Saying About This
“. . . Ginsburg’s poems describe a world as complex and surprising as any. . . . A tremendous debut.”
“Melissa Ginsburg’s poems are delicate but they are not fragile. . . . This book is a subtly beautiful address to the air, and it approaches the transformative.”