Ghost Characters

By Peter Robinson

Price: £8.95

ISBN: 1 904886 25 6

The ghost characters are names that appear in dramatis personae of old texts and manuscripts of plays, but then don’t show up in the play itself.

Robinson’s new book employs the phrase more than once, with wordplay on Chinese written characters and on colloquial senses of both words.

This, the poet’s sixth collection, is about being haunted by memories of people no longer in our dramas. In another piece of wordplay that poetry both exercises and exorcises these recurrent visitors from the past.

“The book is full of perfectly formed expressions of the half-formed, of sharply delineated renderings of the most blurred and intermediate of terrains…”

Patrick McGuinness, Poetry Revue