American Life in Poetry editor, former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser writes, "here's our Halloween poem for this year, in the thin dry voice of a ghost, as captured by Katie Cappello who lives in Northern California.
A Ghost Abandons the Haunted
You ignore the way light filters through my cells,the way I have of fading out—stillthere is a constant tug, a stretching,what is left of me is coming loose. Soon,I will be only crumbs of popcorn,a blue ring in the tub, an emptytoilet paper roll, black moldmisted on old sponges,strands of hair woven intocarpet, a warped doorthat won't open, the soft spotin an avocado, celery, a pear,a metallic taste in the beer, a cold soreon your lip—and when I finally lose my holdyou will hear a rustle and watch me spillgrains of rice across the cracked tile.
American Life in Poetry is made possible by The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine. It is also supported by the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Poem copyright ©2009 by Katie Cappello, from her first book of poetry, Perpetual Care, Elixir Press, 2009. Reprinted by permission of Katie Cappello and the publisher. Introduction copyright ©2010 by The Poetry Foundation. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as United States Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-2006.
American Life in Poetry provides newspapers and online publications with a free weekly column featuring contemporary American poems. The sole mission of this project is to promote poetry: American Life in Poetry seeks to create a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture.