Basso – Ghost Light

Ghost Light
In Ghost Light, Eric Basso's fifth collection of poems, the sense of foreboding encountered in Catafalques becomes a prophecy fulfilled with the force of a hammer-blow. It is a book written in the shadow of three unexpected deaths, when the poet, dazed by grief, was for a time dangerously ill himself. A stillness moves among the darkest and most searing poems Basso has ever written. The central theme is not a ghostly "presence" but an absence — an "impossibility" — to be endured without the crutch of superstitious belief.

Punctuated by a series of unsettling "still lifes," Ghost Light recreates a world in which death has made life stand still. It may well come to be regarded as the summit of Eric Basso's poetic achievement.

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