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Shadow-feast
Joan Houlihan

Publication date: March 6, 2018



Four Way
2018 • 66 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$15.95 Paperback, 978-1-945588-08-2



Elegiac in tone, these poems reflect a voice in crisis and its struggle with an unwelcome silence

Shadow-feast is a chronicle of dying—the awareness, denial, pain, and hope surrounding incurable illness, as well as the aftermath of grief as told from three points of view: Hers, His, and Theirs (the couple). The collection as a whole is a kagezen, or shadow-feast, a traditional Japanese meal offered to the dead. However here it is set out not for an absent beloved, but for the reader.

Praise for previous books.

“To say that Houlihan is a unique voice in American poetry is an understatement....” —Ilya Kaminsky

Reviews / Endorsements



“...Who writes with this kind of prescient confidence and startling lyricism besides Joan Houlihan? Emily Dickinson, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Harryette Mullen come to mind.”—Peter Covino

“...Each image…will remain etched in this reader’s mind....”—Rusty Morrison



The award-winning author of five books of poetry, JOAN HOULIHAN received her BA and MAT in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and serves on the faculty of Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing Program in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is Professor of Practice in Poetry at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. Houlihan founded and directs the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference. She lives outside of Boston.



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