Poetry. A book-length narrative poem, or a novella-in-verse if you prefer, HOW TO BUILD THE GHOST IN YOUR ATTIC is a novel-poem with a literary sci-fi bent, a shadow-text to Oedipus written in a style that is up-to-the-minute. With wit, dynamism, and cutting senses of urgency and humor, Iowa Prize winner Peter Jay Shippy tells the tale of Isaac Makepeace Watt, a melancholy man living in a Thebes that is much like contemporary America. The House of Cadmus still rules (and will fall), but they only appear in the poem as media white noise. Isaac's concerns are personal, his father's illness and his own moral decrepitude. There are talking monkeys, plagues, oracles, and nano-robots-you know, the usual agoramania.
Peter Jay Shippy is the author of four previous collections, including KAPUTNIKS (Saturnalia Books, 2021), A SPELL OF SONGS (Saturnalia Books, 2013), HOW TO BUILD A GHOST IN YOUR ATTICK (Rose Metal Press, 2007), and Thieves' Latin, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Twice his work has appeared in the Best American Poetry Series. Shippy has received grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and The National Endowment for the Arts. He teaches at Emerson College.Author City: Boston, MA USA