Poems About Ghosts

Year

2011
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The ghosts swarm.
They speak as one
person. Each
loves you. Each
has left something
undone...

From "Unbidden" by Rae Armantrout


The Apparition by John Donne
When by thy scorn, O murd'ress, I am dead...

Blue Dementia by Yusef Komunyakaa
In the days when a man...

Blue Oxen by Dara Wier
(it's scaffolding) (it's supposed to be temporary) ...

Epitaph by Eric Pankey
Beyond the traceries of the auroras...

Ghost by Paul Mariani
After so much time you think...

The Ghost Has No Home by Jeff Clark
This morning in an alleyway I was startled by a face...

Ghost in the Land of Skeletons by Christopher Kennedy
If not for flesh's pretty paint, we're just a bunch of skeletons...

Ghost Notes [excerpt] by Ralph Burns
Plumbline of disaster, shadow storage...

Ghosts That Need Reminding by Dana Levin
Through shattered glass and sheeted furniture, chicken ...

Hamlet, Act I, Scene I [Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes] by William Shakespeare
Some say that ever 'gainst that season comes...

Haunted Houses by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
All houses wherein men have lived and died...

Haunted Seas by Cale Young Rice
A gleaming glassy ocean...

How Can It Be I Am No Longer I by Lucie Brock-Broido
Winter was the ravaging in the scarified...

Lenore by Edgar Allan Poe
Ah broken is the golden bowl! the spirit flown forever...

Letter from a Haunted Room by Lisa Sewell
Dear K., there's a mosquito stain...

Low Barometer by Robert Bridges
The south-wind strengthens to a gale...

My hero bares his nerves by Dylan Thomas
My hero bares his nerves along my wrist...

Ode to a Dressmaker's Dummy by Donald Justice
O my coy darling, still...

Patsy Sees a Ghost by Lola Haskins
I'm crossing the river where it narrows...

Rain by Claribel Alegría
As the falling rain...

Red String by Minnie Bruce Pratt
At first she thought the lump in the road...

Restless Ghost by Eric Pankey
The wasp's paper nest hung all winter...

Sequestered Writing by Carolyn Forché
Horses were turned loose in the child's sorrow...

Shadwell Stair by Wilfred Owen
I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair...

Shaking the Grass by Janice N. Harrington
Evening, and all my ghosts come back to me...

Something Whispered in the Shakuhachi by Garrett Hongo
No one knew the secret of my flutes...

Spirit Birds by Stanley Plumly
The spirit world the negative of this one...

To the Trespasser by David Barber
A quiet akin to ruins...

Unbidden by Rae Armantrout
The ghosts swarm...

Whose Story of Us We Is Told Is Us by Shane McCrae
Brother is we is each of us we ghosts...