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Staff Pick

This was one of those books that seemed like it came at just the right time in my life. I loved its muted sadness and the occasionally surreal descriptions of that sadness, and I loved the weird way the poems sample from each other throughout the book. It's like a book eating its own tail.
Recommended by Kevin Sampsell, Powells.com

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Publisher Comments:

Ben Miro's Ghost Machine was chosen by Michael Burkard as the winning manuscript in the 2009 Caketrain Chapbook Competition. At first blush, the bluntly unadorned veneer of Mirov's poems suggests a mode of confessional domestic realism, the "I"/"Eye" who simply "can't let go of the things I write." Indeed, our ghost — however transitory, fugitive, adrift on a river of sulk — remains fascinated with, even enamored of, the human condition. But as these mantric poems build upon each other, layering realities sentence by sentence, the machine unravels its exotic tendrils, teasing the reader toward unprecedented perspectives on love, loss, the connective urge and the phantom desires that twist like smoke in the lungs of the living.

Review:

"The character, Ghost Machine, in Ben Mirov's extraordinary poems creeps me out. It makes me feel uncomfortable, frustrated, and, at times, flat-out angry. I want to tell it to do something and be done with it. 'Get a life,' I say. But it never leaves me alone. Creepy's good. Discomfort and anger are good. Feeling anything intensely in this life is good, from both sides of the grave." Ralph Angel, author of Exceptions and Melancholies

Review:

"The arrival of character into poetry's stream of complexities, in this case, plenty complexity recycled for sure, is a cause for celebration when its arrival brings with it ideas, feelings, experiences and challenges filled with life-fortifying, exponentially enriching currents. Mirov's poems sometimes seem as though they are composed with ghosts in mind, jilted zombies who eat and drink just like we do, who deadpan and mix explosive combinations to surprise and maybe, maybe let us visit what we'd miss if we weren't invited into Mirov's plan: I plan to be another language in the body of a deer." Dara Wier, author of Remnants of Hannah

Review:

"Ben Mirov is the champion of the sentence. Every sentence is perfectly carved from a cold metal machine in the BART tunnels of Oakland that loops reality. They erase what they compress. I read this book and then puke in the shower. I read this book and then bleed on the sheets. My earlobes are wet. My pants are too small. These poems are about needing to touch something that you know your hand will go through. Mirov's poems are sick and crushing. This book marks the end of fucking around." Zachary Schomburg, author of Scary, No Scar

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Nathaniel, August 17, 2010 (view all comments by Nathaniel)
Speaking of the book, Ben Fama called it the best full length book of 2010 so far.

Speaking to the book, which puts the BOOK in chapbook:

"Your ghost got a little machine
You're the ghost machine."º

ºnot in the bookºº
ººdo buy this book
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Product Details

ISBN:
1110000017785
Author:
Mirov, Ben
Publisher:
Caketrain Press
Copyright:
Publication Date:
2010
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
110
Dimensions:
5 3/8" x 8 5/16"

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Product details 110 pages Caketrain Press - English 1110000017785 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This was one of those books that seemed like it came at just the right time in my life. I loved its muted sadness and the occasionally surreal descriptions of that sadness, and I loved the weird way the poems sample from each other throughout the book. It's like a book eating its own tail.

"Review" by , "The character, Ghost Machine, in Ben Mirov's extraordinary poems creeps me out. It makes me feel uncomfortable, frustrated, and, at times, flat-out angry. I want to tell it to do something and be done with it. 'Get a life,' I say. But it never leaves me alone. Creepy's good. Discomfort and anger are good. Feeling anything intensely in this life is good, from both sides of the grave."
"Review" by , "The arrival of character into poetry's stream of complexities, in this case, plenty complexity recycled for sure, is a cause for celebration when its arrival brings with it ideas, feelings, experiences and challenges filled with life-fortifying, exponentially enriching currents. Mirov's poems sometimes seem as though they are composed with ghosts in mind, jilted zombies who eat and drink just like we do, who deadpan and mix explosive combinations to surprise and maybe, maybe let us visit what we'd miss if we weren't invited into Mirov's plan: I plan to be another language in the body of a deer."
"Review" by , "Ben Mirov is the champion of the sentence. Every sentence is perfectly carved from a cold metal machine in the BART tunnels of Oakland that loops reality. They erase what they compress. I read this book and then puke in the shower. I read this book and then bleed on the sheets. My earlobes are wet. My pants are too small. These poems are about needing to touch something that you know your hand will go through. Mirov's poems are sick and crushing. This book marks the end of fucking around."
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