Pulitzer Prize-winning poet James Tate returns with his fifteenth book of poetry, an exciting new collection that offers nearly one hundred fresh and thought-provoking pieces that embody Tate's trademark style and voice: his accessibility, his dark humor, and his exquisite sense of the absurd.
Tate's work is stark—he writes in clear, everyday language—yet his seemingly simple and macabre stories are layered with broad and trenchant meaning. His characters are often lost or confused, his settings bizarre, his scenarios brilliantly surreal. Opaque, inscrutable people float through a dreamlike world where nothing is as it seems. The Ghost Soldiers offers resounding proof, once again, that Tate stands alone in American poetry.
Treason -- Human in shape -- Desperate talk -- The memory palace -- Plan B -- The lost tribe -- The new horses -- The native Americans -- Two visions -- Nothing is what it seems -- "Honey, can you hear me?" -- A boy and his cow -- Duct-tape celebration -- The wrong door -- The rules -- Abducted -- The government man -- The restorative -- The ghost soldiers -- Cricket cricket -- Father's Day -- Waylon's woman -- My cattle ranch -- Heather's men -- Uneasy about the sounds of some night-wandering animal -- Collect call from Nepal -- The midnight ride -- What I learned from the elves -- The horsemen -- Housefly -- Raking day -- Jan's scary novel -- Letzeburgesch -- Bona fides -- Help -- Spiderwebs -- The scarab -- Special operations -- The deep zone -- Behind the green door -- Dexter's long surveillance -- Blue Sunday -- The secret war -- The new mule -- Strictly forbidden -- The loser -- Laurel Hill -- Map of the lost world -- Reading the newspaper in the park -- The illegal picnic -- The Mask -- How I met Mary -- The gang of five -- Swordsfish for hire -- The bug's report -- Long live the queen -- The enemy -- Cleaning out the desk -- My brush with greatness -- National security -- How to be a member -- The underground -- To advance no farther into the rubble of the building -- The ice cream man -- The cowboy -- The land of the vapors -- The old soldiers -- The goldfinches -- The thinking cap -- Panda fever -- Mr. Nobody has left the planet -- Anton Fripps -- The assassin -- The blessing -- The quota -- Cherubic -- The underbelly -- The deep blue sea -- The package for Peter Haggerty -- The chosen one -- The nether world -- Billy -- The investigation -- Dustdevil -- Paradise -- The meeting with Oscar L'etolie -- Strategic intelligence for American world policy -- Liverpill -- Gipsy -- Terminix -- The Rosary -- The march -- The drive to heal -- The war next door.