In his deeply innovative and beautifully human Ghost Notes, Ralph Burns explores the vivid relation between American jazz and American poetry. His book embodies the movement of jazz in the long title poem he plays wide open, without a mute, as Red Allen advises. The result is inclusive and exhilarating, a structure that keeps on opening and opening. Winner of the 2000 FIELD Poetry Prize.
Ghost Notes • For My Father-in-Law, with a Last Line from Dante • Food for Death • Boyish • Back • Wildflowers of the Western World • Comfort Inn • Lamentations • Swamp Gas • Oil Well, Oklahoma • Orphans Eating Sugar • We Are Seven • Notes • Acknowledgments