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A Skeletal Want

In her finest collection of poetry to date, Ruth Roach Pierson marshals her considerable expository powers to explore personhood, paranormal phenomenon, and mortality. A Skeletal Wand reaches out with poems that are both honest and strange, touching on a diverse range of subjects that overlap and disrupt easy interpretation. When Pierson writes “For decades her identity / was derivative / like scent / from a perfume bottle,” it is with the belief that character is not set in stone, and that change is inherent to the human condition. Approaching the past and present from many different angles, A Skeletal Wand is a refreshing look at the constants that inform modern life.

Ruth Roach Pierson

Ruth Roach Pierson has published five previous poetry collections:

Chapter Title Contents Contributors Pages Year Price
Personae – The Harangue – A Plague of Ladybugs – The Cranberry Glass Pickle Jar – Plummet, Plunge, Plumed Descent – A Skeletal Wand – Animate Intransitive … 17 $1.70
A wind has come and gone, taking apart the mind – Gone is the girl in her white slip – Beside the mirror over the sink the windows darkened into mirrors – Like an angel slapping … 12 $1.20
Overheard at Chicago Midway International Airport – The Quest – Italy on Five Phrases a Day – Low Tide – Eine Dunkle Seite – Reading Philip Whelan – An Upright … 20 $2.00
Reflective Moments – Stratov Gardens, Springtime – Window of My Studio 1940/44-1954 – Forest Path Leading to the Lair – After Josef Sudek’s Eggshells on Plate … 13 $1.30
Of course, I may be remembering it all wrong after, after—how many years? – Memento Mori – Ontological Inebriation – The Rituals of Autumn – When Sanguinary is Not … 19 $1.90