Index of Haunted Houses

Index of Haunted Houses

by Adam O. Davis
Index of Haunted Houses

Index of Haunted Houses

by Adam O. Davis


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This is a book of ghost stories, and for the most part, ghosts are jealous monsters, intent upon our destruction. They never appear overtly here, yet we gradually become aware of the spirits in haunted houses in the way they tread over creaky floors, slam doors, and issue sudden gusts of wind. These poems are Koan-like—the fewer the words, the more charged they are. The engine driving the sense of haunting and loss is money, which Davis describes as “federal bone” boiling around us. Bison in Nebraska are reduced to bones, “seven/standing men/tall” fodder for the fertilizer used by farmers in the 1800s. There is, too, an equality to the hauntings—every instance has its moment, and persists, despite being in the past, present, or future. Index of Haunted Houses is spooky and sad—a stunning debut, one that will surprise, convince, and most of all, delight.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946448668
Publisher: Sarabande Books
Publication date: 09/01/2020
Series: Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry Series
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Adam O. Davis’ poems have appeared in many journals, including The Believer, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, and ZYZZYVA. The recipient of the 2016 George Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America, he has received grants and fellowships from Columbia University, Western Michigan University, and Vermont Studio Center. A graduate of the University of California, Riverside and Columbia University, he lives in San Diego, California where he teaches English literature at The Bishop’s School. He was also once hit by lightning. It felt, more or less, like you'd expect.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

The Bell System 1

The Body of New Jersey, 1980 5

Manifest Destiny 7

Meteorology Index 9

Nebraskan Bribes 11

Ghost of Macondo 14

Slow City Bones 16

Spirit Arithmetic 17

Haunted House, 1780 18

Ghost of Motel 6 21

Extinction Days, 1873 23

The Mosquito Monocracy 24

Ghost Story, 1971 27

Handshake Weather 28

Roswell, 1947 29

Ghost of General Electric 31

Haunted House, 1978 32

Ghost of Polaroid 33

Stetson in Retrograde 37

Pacific Americana 47

Haunted City, 1967 49

Ghost Union 50

Fever Land, 1499 51

Spirit of Black Tuesday 52

Haunted House, 1980 53

Ghosts of the Bell System 54

Haunted House, 1692 57

Interstate Dusk 58

Ghost Story, 1848 61

Ghost of NASA 62

Border Song 64

Eastern Standard Time, 1890 65

Index of Haunted Houses 67

A House Unfit Even for Ghosts 69

National Anthem 71

Ghost Story, 2020 79

Ghost of a Ghost Story 83

Notes 85

Acknowledgments 89

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