Through a Small Ghost
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Through a Small Ghost


Title Details

Pages: 120

Trim size: 5.500in x 8.500in



Pub Date: 02/15/2020

ISBN: 9-780-8203-5657-0

List Price: $20.95

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Published with the generous support of Bruce and Georgia McEver Fund for the Arts and Environment

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POETRY / American / General

Through a Small Ghost


Poems that explore the difficult terrain of parenting and child loss

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This collection of poems speaks to the grief and trauma associated with stillbirth and infertility. But more than that, these poems are concerned with how both parents deal with this trauma without letting it tear them or their relationship apart. There are threads beneath the surface of the poems that speak to the inequality in these relationships and in the male-female dynamic, whether this inequality is perceived or real. Dingman also questions the perception of reality itself when dealing with the traumatized mind.

Dingman asks the difficult questions that surround child-rearing. Are the children themselves everything the parents had hoped for? Is there still something missing? She explores the invisibility of the mother after she has children, as well as what a woman is willing to sacrifice in terms of body, country, and relationship. Set against changing political climates in Florida, Canada, and Denmark, these poems navigate the geopolitical differences that influence the experience of parenting.

One of the best books this year.

—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

A characteristic I’ve long admired from Chelsea Dingman’s poems is the entangled layering of image and narrative—one thing building on another, on another—and creating work of such density they are bound to stay with me. And, I assure you, they will stay with you, dear reader.

—Stephen J. Furlong, EcoTheo Collective

In Through a Small Ghost, Chelsea Dingman gives voice to the unspeakable—the fact of a stillborn child. These poems are fierce yet tender; in-your-face real yet full with imagination and wonder. Dingman checks all sentimentality at the door and approaches her subject with the grit of one intent on undoing damage and guilt, or at the very least finding a still point in the unfathomable.

—Travis Denton, author of My Stunt Double and When Pianos Fall from the Sky

About the Author/Editor

CHELSEA DINGMAN’s first book, Thaw (Georgia), was chosen by Allison Joseph to win the National Poetry Series. Dingman is also the author of the chapbook What Bodies Have I Moved and has won the Southeast Review’s Gearhart Poetry Prize, the Sycamore Review’s Wabash Prize, the Water-stone Review’s Jane Kenyon Poetry Prize, and the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’s Creative Writing Award for Poetry. Visit her website: