The Paled Guest
"In The Paled Guest, Jessica Harkins gives painterly attention to moments and people lost. These poems move between the death of a brother, the estrangement of navigating foreign places, and a natural world which fails memory by being, constantly, made and unmade. These poems craft elegies as spaces for reclaiming presence—however brief, however painful—and for asking of their paled guests (earth, brother, body): how have we failed you? It is a generous and vital question and these poems resist everything, but the most startling and moving of answers. By crossing myth and wilderness, Oregon and Italy, The Paled Guest sweeps through time and space, bringing voice to the voiceless; bringing song to the silenced."
—Christopher Bolin, author of Ascension Theory
Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America | Poetry
Harkins, Jessica, "The Paled Guest" (2018). English Faculty Book Gallery. 10.