When the Ghosts Come Ashore

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Jacqui Germain, 2016


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Runner-Up for the 2014 Button Poetry Prize.


“The poems in Jacqui Germain’s When the Ghosts Come Ashore are the cross-section of a body mid escape. Placelessness is the place, leaving only the unsafety of flesh as a hideout. Black presences break from the margins and pierce through these hard lyrics. Nat Turner saws away at the MLK Memorial in DC while St. Louis itself curses the speaker her privileges. All the white boys are dangerous and “there is a demon in everything.” Germain has made of her craft an exorcism: “Let my anger be the celebration we were never / supposed to have.” Let it. Let it.”
— Phillip B. Williams, author of Thief in the Interior


Jacqui Germain is a freelance writer, essayist, Callaloo Fellow and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet living in St. Louis, Missouri. Her writing focuses on historical and contemporary iterations of black, brown and indigenous resistance, which she believes is deeply urgent work that both exists on the page and extends beyond it. Jacqui has represented Washington University in St. Louis on the national poetry stage on five separate occasions and was the 2014 Katherine Dunham Fellow with the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in Word Riot, The Offing, and Muzzle Magazine, in addition to Sundress Publications’ 2015 Best of the Net Anthology.


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Weight 3.1 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.5 × 0.16 in

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