Ghost/Home: A Beginner’s Guide to Being Haunted traces the course of a disease through a body, a ghost through a home, and a feeling through the language that tries to hold it. How does illness travel through us? What do we do with the parts of ourselves we feel but cannot grasp? In diagrams of ghosts, readings of Clarice Lispector, photographs, interviews, and lyric prose, Ghost/Home extends these questions into uncharted territory.
Ghost/Home is now available to order from Small Press Distribution.
“Through urgent, intimate prose and diagrams of hauntings, Ghost/Home shows us that ghosts are more than billowing curtains and flashes of light—ghosts are Crohn’s, ghosts are history, ghosts are feelings with nowhere to go. Rather than an exorcism, Sweeney coordinates a calling-in, a reckoning with the spirits that move through his body and shape his life.”
“‘You don’t have to go far to find the ghost in you,’ Dennis Sweeney writes in his beautiful and contemplative work, Ghost/Home. Tracing the invisible thread that somehow tethers a body, its complex relationship with inhabiting and being inhabited, the conjurations here operate as compassionately examined intricacies of living in a wounded body. Sweeney masterfully weaves a narrative around being haunted, the irrecoverable condition of occupying a body as both occupied and occupier, a deeply embodied ‘I’ that seeks healing and transformative recognition within a space that is reluctant to dispel its ghosts. A tender embrace, this text will haunt you and heal you. A remarkable work; I couldn’t recommend this more.”
“What is it to be inhabited? What happens when it’s your body that is haunted? Whose is your body anyway? Ghost/Home asks all the right questions about flesh and spirit and health and not-health and how we live with our inheritances. All that and Clarice Lispector too!! An auspicious book.”
Poems About Moss
Poems About Moss is: 1) poems named after moss; 2) collages named after moss; 3) an essay that grows and grows. It is SOLD OUT from Radioactive Cloud.
Specifications: hand-built, hand-stapled edition of 50; two-color silk-screened cover using sketches from Elva Lawton’s monumental Moss Flora of the Pacific Northwest; poems originally in Cloud Rodeo, Fog Machine, ICHNOS, Reality Hands, and Yalobusha Review; moss collages; moss essay. Find it here.
THREATS (the chapbook of poems) is based on THREATS (the novel) by Amelia Gray. In 24 poems, THREATS (the chapbook) threatens you, but it doesn’t mean it. Well, it kind of means it.
What They Took Away
“Dennis James Sweeney’s What They Took Away is an epic apocalypse of the minutiae, an apocalypse of life stripped of tedium, of obtrusiveness. Sweeney’s magical miniature world showcases the terror of erasure and the wreckage of return. This is a book of oracular providence.”