Launch of Emily Pohl-Weary's Ghost Sick

Join Tightrope Books in launching acclaimed author Emily Pohl-Weary's second poetry collection, Ghost Sick!

Brief readings by a plethora of poets:

Emily Pohl-Weary

Lillian Allen

Irfan Ali

Chris Chambers

Dante King

Carolyn Smart

dianah smith

When a Christmas Eve shooting devastated Pohl-Wearys community, she began to hunt through the numbness and grief for some understanding and hopefulness about the future. In the tradition of Carolyn Forch, Ernesto Cardenal and Shu Ting, Ghost Sick is a poetry of witness. It chronicles the impact of violence on an inner-city Toronto neighbourhood, the power of empathy, and the resilience of the human spirit.

A hard, sad, and beautifully necessary collection of poems. A book that helps us claw our way back from the edges of our own teetering lives.

Susan Musgrave, author of Cargo of Orchids

Ghost Sick focuses on violence and its personal cost in a Toronto neighborhood, starting from the writers childhood to the present, the wasted lives, the pain and loss of her own and those of people dear to her.

Marge Piercy, New York Times bestselling author of Gone to Soldiers

These are not easy poems to forget, so take a deep breath, and plunge right in. The world will not look the same when you re-emerge. but the rewards are immense: you come away from these poems open to possibility, hopeful for change, and knowing you are not alone in that struggle.

Carolyn Smart, author of Hooked


Launch of Emily Pohl-Weary's Ghost Sick

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