How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic: A Book-length Poem

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Rose Metal Press, 2007 - Poetry - 77 pages
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Poetry. A book-length narrative poem, or a novella-in-verse if you prefer, HOW TO BUILD THE GHOST IN YOUR ATTIC is a novel-poem with a literary sci-fi bent, a shadow-text to Oedipus written in a style that is up-to-the-minute. With wit, dynamism, and cutting senses of urgency and humor, Iowa Prize winner Peter Jay Shippy tells the tale of Isaac Makepeace Watt, a melancholy man living in a Thebes that is much like contemporary America. The House of Cadmus still rules (and will fall), but they only appear in the poem as media white noise. Isaac's concerns are personal, his father's illness and his own moral decrepitude. There are talking monkeys, plagues, oracles, and nano-robots-you know, the usual agoramania.

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from publisher for review Read 12/27/11 - 12/18/11 3.5 Stars - Strongly Recommended to fans of Indie literature & poetry Pgs: 77 Publisher: Rose Metal Press Oh my aching head. Who would have thought ... Read full review

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Peter Jay Shippy is the author of three books: Thieves' Latin (Univ. of Iowa Press), Alphaville (BlazeVOX Books) and a novella-in-verse, How to Build the Ghost in Your Attic (Rose Metal Press). He was born in Niagara Falls and raised on his family's apple farm on the shore of Lake Ontario. Shippy was educated at Northwestern University, Emerson College and the University of Iowa. His poems, plays and essays are widely published, including: The American Poetry Review, Harvard Review, Jacket and Ploughshares. Shippy is the recipient of the Iowa Poetry Prize, a Gertrude Stein Award, two artist grants in creative from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches literature and creative writing at Emerson College. He lives in Boston (the American one) with his wife and twin daughters, Beatrix & Stella.

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