- Garden, Rebecca
- Date of entry: Aug-28-2006
- Last revised: May-09-2007
This collection of poems combines mournful reveries of the individual and collective losses of the U.S. AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and '90s with haunting recollections of the losses of childhood. Ghost Letters begins and concludes with poems in which the memories of love and rich relationships interweave with incantations of loss and keen descriptions of caring for the dying. In between is a section of poems that recreate the sweetness and pain of the speaker's childhood and the transformation that his father's death effects on the entire family.
Ghost Letters won the Beatrice Hawley Award, Alice James Books (1994), and Capricorn Poetry Award, Writer's Voice (1993),
Alice James Books