Dear Ghost,

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By: Catherine Owen

April 2017
104 pages | ISBN 978-1-928088-31-8

In Dear Ghost, Owen returns to the kooky imagery and humorous style she last visited with her award-winning collection Frenzy. These poems plumb the depths of the psyche’s surrealities, entering a dreamlike realm where meaning is found in the nonsensical, the utterly human and the everyday. Owen gathers her subjects from her daily life – touching on work, sex, acquaintances and art – and imbues them with the extraordinary quirks and uncertainties that only language can create. The effects are dizzying.


Today's Book of Poetry: Dear Ghost, (Michael Dennis, Today's Book of Poetry, 10/10/2017)
"[...] Owen doesn't seem to be able to write a boring/bad poem.  She catalogues her hopes, dreams, failures and success but never without suitable acoutremont, Owen's poems always come dressed for the dance. It's not what Owen talks about but how."

Review (Liz Worth, Quill & Quire, 01/04/2017)
"Owen writes down to the bone, laying out plain and simple facts and leaving her readers to feel their way through the work. At times the subject matter seems starkly ordinary, yet there is a weight to the delivery that makes the poems seem much more momentous."


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Other Titles by Catherine Owen

The Other 23 & a Half Hours: Or Everything You Wanted to Know that Your MFA Didn't Teach You (2015)

Catalysts: Confrontations with the muse (2012)

Seeing Lessons (2010)

Shall: ghazals (2006)

Wrecks of Eden (2001)

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