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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 their presence the way spirits in haunted houses trod 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 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 their presence the way spirits in haunted houses trod 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.


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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 their presence the way spirits in haunted houses trod 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 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 their presence the way spirits in haunted houses trod 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.

39 review for Index of Haunted Houses

  1. 4 out of 5

    Emily Polson

    "I know there is always a ghost idling on the edge of what I hold dear." -Manifest Destiny I love a good ghost story, and this book is full of them--most inspired by actual historical events and people. It also plays a lot with the naturally related themes of isolation, absence, and a sort of collective loneliness, creating an emotionally immersive reading experience. The language is fantastic, especially the alliteration. Definitely a collection to revisit. (Thank you to the publisher for the review "I know there is always a ghost idling on the edge of what I hold dear." -Manifest Destiny I love a good ghost story, and this book is full of them--most inspired by actual historical events and people. It also plays a lot with the naturally related themes of isolation, absence, and a sort of collective loneliness, creating an emotionally immersive reading experience. The language is fantastic, especially the alliteration. Definitely a collection to revisit. (Thank you to the publisher for the review copy!) One more stanza, for the road: "Forgive us, history. We orphan everything we touch." -Pacific Americana

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Niespodziany

    A travelogue of haunted houses. Ghost prose poems. Foggy, nostalgic fragments that feel like both erasure and haiku. This is one to read once the sun goes to sleep.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    I guess I was just expecting something different when reading the description, but nothing about this poetry felt haunting. I was honestly just a bit bored by almost all of the poems. I did like the addition of images to go along with certain poems, however it did not do enough to really impact the poetry itself. (I received a free ARC in return for an honest review)

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