Rhabdomantics by Beth Towle, 2016

Rhabdomantics by Beth TowleThe poems in this book are swampy mystery. The book uses the supernatural as a means of exploring the local—the lyrical poems combine with supernatural subject to create a sort of new mythology of place. We’re in a swamp and ghosts come out of the loamy water and aren’t our enemies or our friends. They seem to be the swamp itself.

Hand-sewn double-pamphlet stitch binding with black linen thread. Printed on a light-grey heavy text-weight paper with dark green heavyweight textured mulberry paper covers that have been hand-stenciled in iridescent gold ink with an image of the Kankakee Marsh, which inspired these poems. Black and gold batik endpapers. Printed in a numbered, limited edition of 50 copies.

Beth Towle is an Indiana native and lifer. She is a graduate of the MFA Program at Notre Dame and is currently a PhD student at Purdue University. Her favorite ghost hunter is Richard Hodgson (1855-1905).