Borrowing a title intended but never used by Gilbert Sorrentino, Ammiel Alcalay’s new chapbook, Ghost Talk, is a lyric sequence dwelling on the recovery of place and emotion that have long passed into other states. With a note by musician, cartoonist, and writer Peter Blegvad, and a cover image by Alcalay, Ghost Talk is Alcalay’s first book of poems since his 2011 neither wit nor gold (from then).
From Peter Blegvad's note on Ghost Talk:
"In wistful mood, in slanting light, he’s both himself and universal, recollecting fragments, foreign parts, birds, weather, snowplows. Veteris vestigia flammae. That was all so much then. Now happiness is elsewhere, has no place to go."