Elizabeth Robinson crosses genre to reveal what it means to be haunted.
On Ghosts, the most recent book by Boulder-based poet Elizabeth Robinson, explores the phenomenon of haunting through essay/poem compositions. The premise takes for granted those uneasy disruptions of daily reality—for example, the suggestion of a face in bedroom darkness or the sudden telepathic yearning for a dying loved one. Although the voice of the text is reserved and almost impersonal, the reader comes into intimate range of the speaker’s uncertainty about “presences,” life, and identity. The combined effect knits an uncanny emotional texture that rings both brutal and delicate.