Site of Disappearance (Paperback)

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Chilling, evocative, beautiful. Erin Malone’s latest collection is a reckoning and a reminiscence. It’s a geographic trip to the past. I’ll be haunted and moved by the scenes she shared / conjured.

— From Torrin

"Everything I'm afraid of, / I'm about to name," cautions the haunted speaker of this, Washington poet Erin's Malone's sophomore collection. Here, buried childhood memories of a brother's death and a small-town murder return just as the speaker becomes a mother to her own son. Malone's use of whitespace and mark-making is exquisite. Her lines are ghostly oscillations that brush the page before lifting off again. This gripping, sensitive work will stay with you.

— From Danielle


In her second full-length poetry collection Site of Disappearance, Erin Malone's spare and resonant lyrics confront the silence that followed her 11-year-old brother's death. Decades later, as her own son approaches this age, she finds herself returning to her childhood landscape, remembering for the first time in years the abductions and murders of two boys that shook her small town that same season. Through archival research and with tenderness and precision, she steps carefully through the wreckage left by tragedy, in which brother/ boy/ son blur and revolve, and "time stands still because it has a body." Site of Disappearance is an intimate reckoning with personal and collective grief guided by an acute awareness of language's power to reveal and transform.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781942723165
ISBN-10: 1942723164
Publisher: Ornithopter Press
Publication Date: June 20th, 2023
Pages: 90
Language: English