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In his third DC Books title, Ghost Face, Greg Santos explores what it means to have been a Cambodian infant adopted at birth by a Canadian family.
Through a uniquely playful and self-reflective series of poems that pay moving homage to his adoptive parents, and explore the fantasies of a lost family and life in Cambodia, Santos leads the reader through his visceral process of unlearning and relearning who he is and who he might become.
In Ghost Face by Greg Santos, we balance gracefully between the
past, the present, and steadily through what haunts us. With each engaging poem, we’re reminded that stories shape our world and
how poetry invites us in to partake in the narrative. In a history made of tweezers, / removing a splinter from a child’s palm, we question, Dear ghosts, / where do your atoms reside?–with pain comes healing, with history comes inquiry. Santos’ poems are inventive, smart, and skillfully written and his work does not disappoint. Ghost Face is a beautiful collection that thoughtfully examines family mythologies, identity, and a longstanding belief in ghosts. These are poems I kept returning to, a book I could not put down.
–KELLI RUSSELL AGODON, AUTHOR OF HOURGLASS MUSEUM & THE DAILY POET: DAY-BY-DAY PROMPTS FOR YOUR WRITING PRACTICE
"You had a happy childhood,” Greg Santos writes in Ghost Face. “Then you awoke in a strange town, / you were at a party, off in some corner alone. / Someone kissed you in the dark.” Within the exquisite, labyrin- thine memory palace of Ghost Face, migration and adoption converge in moving dramas of cultural displacement and belonging. Faced with 'The gravity of our world / always pushing down on our fragile bodies,' Santos’s poems dance with gratitude for community in all its forms, from the most delightful minute particulars of day-to-day family life to the grand technological wonders of interstellar exploration."
–TONY TRIGILIO, AUTHOR OF GHOST OF THE UPPER FLOOR
Author Greg Santos photo by Mollye Miller
Greg Santos is a poet, editor, and educator. He is the author of Blackbirds (2018), Rabbit Punch! (2014), and The Emperor’s Sofa (2010). He is of Cambodian, Portuguese, and Spanish descent. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School. He regularly works with at-risk communities, and teaches at the Thomas More Institute. He is the Editor in Chief of the Quebec Writers' Federation's carte blanche magazine. Santos lives in Montreal with his wife and two children.
Ghost Face, Greg Santos, 83 pp., 5 x 8, Poetry, September 2020
ISBN: 978-1-927599-51-8 (paper) . . . $19.95
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