“Maria Romasco Moore’s sizzling debut, Ghostographs: An Album, calls to us from a lost world, one we can’t have back but that isn’t quite done with us. This collection of electric, short narratives functions like a re-remembered dream in the shower—nagging, expectant, undetermined. The interplay of lyrical narrative with old photographs of people and landscapes (sometimes fading from view, sometimes burning with light) landed me inside the familiar made strange. The sharp, sly language in Ghostographs is bound up in longings, just-revealed secrets, and wonder, and gives meaning to what is overlooked or misconstrued. The book takes us out of ourselves so that we see the world under a new ecstatic light. And as Romasco Moore writes, ‘You’ve got to be careful with light…some of it is shadow in disguise. Some of it isn’t light at all but the absence of darkness. Some of it can burn you.’”  —Scott Blackwood, author of See How Small

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Rose Metal

  1. a fusible alloy with a low melting point consisting of 50% bismuth, 25-28% lead, and 22-25% tin. Also known as “rose’s metal” and “rose’s alloy,” rose metal is typically used as a solder
  2. an independent press dedicated to the publication of hybrid genres

Founded in 2006, Rose Metal Press is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.

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