Songs and Stories of the Ghouls (Wesleyan Poetry Series)

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Left dead after our cultures were broken by triumphant enemies, our stories changed to suit others. We now change them again to suit ourselves. Songs and Stories of the Ghouls purports to give power to the dead—voices to the victims of genocide both ancient and contemporary—and presence to women. Medea did not kill her sons; Dido founds a city, over and over again, the city of the present author’s poetry. In these poems the poet asserts that though her art comes from a tradition as broken as Afghanistan’s statuary, there is always a culture to pass on to one’s children, and one is always involved in doing so. We are the ghouls, the drinkers of the blood-sacs, and we insist that we are alive.

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ALICE NOTLEY is the author of many collections of poems including Pulitzer Prize-finalist Mysteries of Small Houses, and Grave of Light: New and Selected Poems. She is the recipient of the Griffin Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Award for Poetry, the Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Award.

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“In three sections that combine poetry and prose, she modernizes the myths of Media and Dido.... Those interested in mythology and political poetry will find something of note here.”—Doris Lynch, Library Journal

“Alice Notley scribes a deep voice, her ear floating in space listens to flames talk.” —Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Brooklyn Rail

“Continual wars and women is a key theme of Notley’s latest collection, it is a dark and trick book, she says, ‘Ghouls don’t really die. That’s one of the rules of the Dead.’ ... The past always comes back to haunt us. ... Possibly her most adventurous and experimental volume to date and certainly a long way from her New York school days.”—Pauline Reeves, Beat Scene

“...these latest poems of Notley’s are amulets, and their power protects as well as defends. Tamper with the ghouls at your own peril.”—Patrick James Dunagan, Rain Taxi

“Notley’s oeuvre is a rich field for exploration, and...The Songs and Stories of the Ghouls is a wonderful place to start.”—David Blomenberg, Sycamore Review

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