Ghost Farm

Ghost Farm

by Pamela Stewart


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This is a short collection of poems by one of America's fine and widely published poets. It describes her close connection to nature and the land, her love of her animals, her relationship with the Tibetan Buddhists who live and work with her. She brilliantly and honestly tells of love and tragedy, of great gain and great loss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781929355662
Publisher: Pleasure Boat Studio: A Literary Press
Publication date: 08/13/2010
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Pamela (Jody) Stewart has published several chapbooks and five full-length volumes of poetry, the most recent being The Red Window (U of Georgia Press, 1997). Her work has appeared in a number of anthologies including Dog Music, New York: Poems and two Pushcart Prizes. A Guggenheim Fellowship took her to Cornwall in the U.K. where she lived for seven years. She's happily ended up on a farm in Hawley, Massachusetts.

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Just one step off the edge into the deep

wrong place and a shoe pulls off, is lost.

Amidst twigs, leaves, mosses and stones, this shoe

cannot be found by eyes or strong hands.

Even digging into the exact place the shoe exited its foot,

farther down than the shoe could have delved,

there’s no black shoe! What now?

The man stands in thick dry grasses at road’s edge

and decides on the one thing children in his village

were taught to do. Slipping off

his other shoe he flings it over to where the first black shoe

must have gone. How long should he wait

for one shoe to find the other? It’s August,

too hot to stand for long without flies catching in his hair.

The shoes have tongues; they should call to one another.

It’s hot, but the man from Tibet will pace this roadside ditch

waiting for his shoes to rise out of the shadows.

Table of Contents


Tansy Wormwood Sage

A Tibetan Man in Hawley, Massachusetts

A Haze on the Hills

From Which Direction

What Marriage Means to Me Today


A Small Window

In Praise

Page by Page

My Grandmother Told Me


Why I Read

November Suite


Ars Poetica



Bringing Back the Farm

Veterans’ Day

The Lullaby We Never Sang

Long Love

And Yet, Some Days Feel Different


Parable Dreams

The Meliorist

Old Songs

The Refuse Garden

The Stupa that Lobsang Built

The Ghost Farm

What People are Saying About This

Colette Inez

Pamela Stewart casts her spell in these sharply seen, sometimes dreamlike poems inhabited by worlds of worms, birds, mosses, and stones where “shoes have tongues and rise,” one tastes “an eighth-note of smoke,” and “dogs run silently through dry grass.” Dangers of fire, sickness, war erupt but the poet acknowledges song, and the “mucking out,” the “sorting of fleece” in the seasonal pull of farm life. Nature’s return of “grief with its scrabble of hope at the root” is given its due. This is a luminous book exactly and generously orchestrated. I salute it.--(Colette Inez, poet (with nine books and several other awards))

Tony Hoagland

It's wonderful to have new poems by Jody Stewart, deeply internal and intensely lyrical, while at the same time stitched with the thread of myth, story-telling and country lore. These are sensuous, wise, and consoling poems. --(Tony Hoagland)

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