beyond the ghosts: poems by t. kilgore splake / Presa Press / PO Box 792, Rockford MI 49341 / 35 pages / $6.00
The author provided a copy to Empty Mirror, with no expectation of review.
t. kilgore splake knows how to draw an evocative picture with just a few strokes of his pen, each line shimmers and is necessary. beyond the ghosts‘s poems look at people and the wild places in nature and in splake’s heart.
In these intimate poems, he sees Jack Kerouac in northern Michigan’s cliffs, imagines the lives of strangers he sees in town, takes pleasure in nature, becomes one with a mountain lion, and considers his own heart.
These are poems as only splake can write them. splake’s authenticity, and his ability to pick just the right details pull the reader deep into his world.