Elizabeth Robinson has published thirteen books of poetry; the most recent of these is Counterpart. A previous winner of the National Poetry Series, she is also the recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. She co-edits both Instance Press and the Etherdome Chapbook series, and she has taught at Naropa University; the University of Colorado, Boulder; the University of San Francisco; and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Robinson is the 2012 and 2013 Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana.
64 pages/$16.00 ISBN-13 978-0-9844142-6-0 / August 2013
Finalist, L.A. Times Book Prize, Poetry
This book is continuing a tradition of Neo-Spiritualist literature in America where the poem is the means of divination. The poem is a map of a world where ghosts and unattributed thinkers and writers haunt and intrude and give signals to the world next to us. This is an occupation for all poets, the most secular to the most conceptual and the most experiential and spontaneous. If words appear in prose here in these pages, they are still the production of a New Spiritualist poet who feels the presences and wants to tell us about them.
Elizabeth Robinson's On Ghosts returns us to the haunted aura around words. Here, a crossing of genres—poetry, prose meditation, personal testimony—shows that language itself amounts to a gathering of ghosts. Robinson’s oblique lyricism beckons us toward a twilight zone where we become ‘witness to the unverifiable.’ This is writing as the highest form of bewitching.