The Ghost Names Sing by Dennis Haskell & Album of Domestic Exiles by Andrew Sant

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February–March 1998, no. 198

The Ghost Names Sing by Dennis Haskell

FACP $16.95 pb, 78pp

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Album of Domestic Exiles

by Andrew Sant

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The Ghost Names Sing by Dennis Haskell & Album of Domestic Exiles by Andrew Sant

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February–March 1998, no. 198

Both Dennis Haskell and Andrew Sant are primarily domestic poets. Family and friends comprise the milieu of many of their poems, which attempt to transform quotidiana into something of enduring interest. The chief danger of this type of poetry is that the prevalence of so many poems about family members and friends results in a poetic environment that can resemble a vast, monotonous suburb. If most domestic poets seem indistinguishable from each other in their subject matter alone, then the situation of contemporary poetry becomes further muddled when this homogeneity is bolstered by a general complacency with language.

Brian Henry reviews 'The Ghost Names Sing' by Dennis Haskell and 'Album of Domestic Exiles' by Andrew Sant

The Ghost Names Sing

by Dennis Haskell

FACP $16.95 pb, 78pp

Book Cover 2 Small

Album of Domestic Exiles

by Andrew Sant

Black Pepper $15.95 pb, 71pp

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