The poems of The Apparitioners explore the boundaries between us and the world we have colonized, where we find ourselves unsettled by some mystery that cannot be owned. A father tries to calm his daughter, who is troubled by night visitors after a schoolmate is carried away. Having purchased his ideal home in a planned development, a man confronts past ghosts and his own doubts about belonging. And a woman nearly killed by stroke struggles to recover her place in her family and community, but finds welcome from a surprising host. Longer narratives alternate with lyrics that through close observation seek out the natural world, a presence that on occasion offers us a glimpse of purpose. Moving between poles of assurance and unease, secrecy and revelation, The Apparitioners is a noteworthy debut.
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Published November 1, 2005
by Orchises Press.
Literature & Fiction.