Ken Tucker
March 14, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Ghost Soldiers

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
James Tate
publisher
Ecco Press
genre
Fiction, Poetry

We gave it an A-

The Ghost Soldiers is a collection of short prose poems, many resembling descriptions of dreams.

Sample Verse
”A red Frisbee sailed overhead and we all knelt down and prayed. What we were praying for I don’t know. In fact, I don’t even know what I was doing with this group of lunatics.”

Bottom Line
Atypical in form, the poems resonate with James Tate’s familiar voice: plainspoken, quizzical, and deeply interested in small, revealing gestures. A-

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