A SPIRIT IS A MOOD WITHOUT A BODY

By Claire Cronin
Winner of the 2017 Dead Lake Chapbook Contest 

 

"The sharp, mysterious poems in A Spirit Is A Mood Without a Body snuck up on me with their deftness. From within an unspecified North American suburbia haunted by stone lions, icy chandeliers, grand yachts, portraits of shipwreck, and above all, the cruelty of rose-gold silence – they quietly eviscerate privilege. Claire Cronin cuts into the soft, deadly stasis of comfort, where “sometimes a real life slips out between scenes / and looks just like a dead lord in a painting.” These poems refuse to “save you / from your money,” but they will “go up to the windows / like a diplomat / and listen to the roses read their pacts.” - Ari Banias

A Spirit is a Mood Without a Body by Claire Cronin / $8.50

 

 

Artwork by Aysha Hamouda