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Ghost Sick

Emily Pohl-Weary


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2016 Fred Cogswell Award for Excellence in Poetry

After a Christmas Eve shooting that devastated author Emily Pohl-Weary’s family, she began to hunt through the sorrow and trauma for a sense of hopefulness. In the tradition of Carolyn Forché, Ernesto Cardenal, and Shu Ting, Ghost Sickness is a poetry of witness. It chronicles the impact of violence and poverty on an inner-city Toronto neighborhood, the power of empathy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Praise For Ghost Sick

"The poems in Ghost Sick coalesce into a very strong, coherent collection that should be read from cover to cover . . . this is a book that looks forward towards a better city, better citizens, and a better society." —Andrew Woodrow-Butcher, Broken Pencil

"Pohl-Weary’s gritty vernacular got game, got street cred . . . Like Holocaust witness poet Paul Celan, Pohl-Weary checks tabloids, billboards, newsflashes, for the language to bespeak domesticated violence." —George Elliot Clarke, Halifax Chronicle-Herald

"Ghost Sick takes your breath away and leaves you wanting more. A great read that makes you think about what it means to bear witness to tragedy." —Christine Smith, Shameless

"Ghost Sick by Emily Pohl-Weary is a collection of poems that witness. They are testimony, commentary, and emotional responses." —Serena Augusto-Cox,

Tightrope Books, Inc., 9781926639826, 150pp.

Publication Date: December 4, 2014

About the Author

Emily Pohl-Weary is an award-winning author, editor, arts educator, and academic. She is the author of several books, including the novels A Girl Like Sugar and Strange Times at Western High; the young adult novel Not Your Ordinary Wolf Girl; the poetry collection Iron-on Constellations; and the biography Better to Have Loved: The Life of Judith Merril, which won a Hugo Award for Best Related Book.