Ghost Walk

Anton Pooles

ISBN 9781771262842

$18.00 CDN/USA 64 pages


In Ghost Walk, Anton Pooles develops a mythology of self in order to give substance to his undetermined origins. He does so through the lens of parable in poems that present strange creatures and uncanny phenomena, positing that “all children know the orphanage is alive.” Both spare and dreamlike, Ghost Walk is a poetic triumph that manifests identity through art.

Praise for Anton Pooles:

“Sure-footed, knowing, and lyrically tight, the poems in Ghost Walk explore what hovers just out of reach and what’s hidden in the darker places. Through his love of film, art, nature, and dreams, Pooles shines a light on the maligned and misunderstood and in doing so finds through a hybrid lens vulnerability, beauty, power, and magic. A fresh, fantastical debut.”

Catherine Graham, author of Aether: An Out-of-Body Lyric 

“Imbued with Anton Pooles’s signature reverence for cinema, Ghost Walk invites audiences to “follow the elk’s bugle through twisted halls of dirt” where “voices cut through what eyes cannot.” This is poetry that embraces the beauty in the macabre, and takes the reader on a journey through arresting worlds with Pooles by their side, a king in an antlered crown.”

David Ly, author of Dream of Me as Water


Anton Pooles was born in Novosibirsk, Siberia and now lives and writes in Toronto, Ontario, where he edits the poetry journal Cypress. He is the author of the chapbook Monster 36 (Anstruther Press, 2018) and his work has appeared in an array of journals and magazines such as This Magazine, Icefloe Press and Long Con Magazine. Ghost Walk is his first full-length collection.


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