SITE OF DISAPPEARANCE by Erin Malone
published October 2023
perfect bound trade paperback
9 x 6 inches, 78 pages
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Praise for SITE OF DISAPPEARANCE
Malone’s artistic precision and care hone this collection into a dazzling document of profound beholding—“Everything I’m afraid of, I’m about to name.” Delicately wrought and clearly called forth, the poems in Site of Disappearance draft a memory palace mapped by dint of the speaker’s keen devotion and clarity of observation.
—Laura Da’, author of Instruments of the True Measure
Out of the exquisitely-crafted poems in Site of Disappearance, Erin Malone has created both a page-turning mystery and a masterful investigation of memory, where symbol and metaphor merge with facts. The poems bend and stretch time and borrow breath and silence from white space. They quietly command you to keep reading. This is a haunting, irresistible, utterly beautiful book.
—Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume
Written with great authority, evident by the allegiance throughout to precise diction and image, these poems are in deep and complex conversation with each other, resulting in a complicated, multi-dimensional work of beauty and terror, light and darkness. This will be a work, we learn from the first piece, that focuses in, in, in, deeply, darkly, and with grace.
—Martha Rhodes, author of The Thin Wall
Sometimes the muse makes a big ask. Revisit the death of a brother, for example, and explore how that painful
memory gathers momentum as one’s own son comes of age. Muses, Erin Malone knows, are expert button pushers.
—Matt Sutherland, “Site of Disappearance,” Foreword Reviews, November / December 2023
Malone’s second poetry collection, Site of Disappearance (with its haunting cover art by Ryan Molenkamp) touches on so many things that disappear. A brother. A paper boy. A season. Innocence. Security. Memory. The opening poem, “Biography,” centers her brother in a story where a townful of people will also figure. But even in this centering, the poet foreshadows other, darker images to come: “my brother was born blue / and quiet / not unlike the sky and like the sky he lived / exposed” and “he lived / for eleven years he lived / and then /”. . . . Site of Disappearance is a striking and memorable work of art I will return to many times.
—Jonathan Everitt, “Two Graves, One Terrible Date,” MicroLit Almanac, November 20, 2023