Reviewed By: Christine Smith (McFarlane)
Violence and crime do not just affect a victim and their family; it also affects a whole community. This is evident in the poetry of Emily Pohl-Weary in her book Ghost Sick, where she writes about violence and its impact not only on herself but on her community as a whole.
Pohl-Weary’s poetry in Ghost Sick are deep and poignant, I especially empathize with the poem World of Sorrow where Pohl-Weary writes about a Christmas Eve shooting and says
“Before that night
I had no way of comprehending
It only takes a second to tear
The spirit from a young body
A .22 aimed behind parked cars
Five blocks from our childhood home
Business as usual ended a boy’s life
Nearly ripped a brother from mine”
Ghost Sick makes you look deep inside yourself, takes your breathe away and leaves you with wanting more. A great collection of poetry overall.
Ghost Sick is published by Tightrope Books and is 105 pages