Dream Horse Press

Ghost Lights

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Keith Montesano's Ghost Lights

ISBN 978-1-935716-00-6
$17.95

Praise for Ghost Lights

 

The poems of Ghost Lights are ambitious and multi-textured narratives and lyrics, are steeped in the lore of cinema and pop culture, and above all seem to dwell in those liminal places where adolescent longing gives way to a hard-bitten and grown-up spirit of elegy. Keith Montesano is a tough and relentless poet, whose craft smanship is as impressive as his stance. Ghost Lights is an exceptionally noteworthy first collection."
 David Wojahn

 

"'Where // did this world / come from, and how did it appear?' Following Larry Levis, Keith Montesano discovers those fugitive moments when one life becomes another, when our angels arrive or depart. Ghost Lights presents a difficult and necessary vigil that enlarges the body of contemporary elegy, a welcome debut." 
Jake Adam York

 

"Love, death, art, the love of art—glimpses flash past, shards assemble into mosaics of passion and pain, and the past won’t steer clear of present. Keith Montesano’s arresting Ghost Lights illuminates in its glow a vision of heartbreak and heroism, a rescue from the burning building and every other trap 'somewhere between innocent // and harmful.' This insightful poet imagines in lyrical beauty the terror and fascination of consuming flame."
Lisa Lewis

 


"Within Ghost Lights, the striking first collection by Keith Montesano, are all the elemental obsessions: violence and fire and sex, in service of the sublime. Unafraid of ambition, free of pretension, these poems hold on to the heart and mind: they thrill, and enthrall, and, long after one has read them, they haunt."
Paul Guest

 


"Lyrical and cinematic, and mired in a landscape of unexpected beauty, Montesano’s poems illuminate the intense drama of the everyday, and capture the crystallized heartbreak of an environment that works with and against its inhabitants. This debut is destined to make the heart race, ‘as if we don’t really die, / but make headlong / for our deepest desires, nothing to watch over us any longer.’"
Mary Biddinger

 


"For all the wreckage, weapons, basements, mazes, and time ‘toward magic hour,’ in Ghost Lights we are witness to a language cut from all the terror in our houses, a blood thicker than blood. These elegies-by turns viral, suicidal, tender, sublime-are of a deeper heart, an obsessed language culled seemingly from where they woke cut along the veins in Keith Montesano's brain, and replicated on mine now, this book sent asking what our cells hold, where our dark is: ‘That you planned it from the start, your life...’"
Blake Butler

 


"The poems in Keith Montesano’s first book, Ghost Lights, do the work of apocalypse: revealing and disclosing what’s hidden in the shadows of small Midwestern towns. They are alternately elegiac and violently ecstatic, ‘full of divorce // and broken homes, misplaced love and hand guns.’ In the dark cinema of these poems, the camera is never permitted to turn away from what we’d rather not see, but every scene is driven by the poet’s desire-which is equally unflinching-to compose these love songs for the end of the world"
Christopher Bakken

 


Ghost Lights

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