Edith Pattou’s “Ghosting” Delves Deep into the Pain, Guilt of Healing from a Tragic Accident
Edith Pattou’s haunting poetry collection Ghosting follows a group of teenagers in a Midwestern town who engage in what they thought would be an innocent high school prank. However, their brilliant idea goes horribly awry and Pattou takes her readers on an incredible journey through tragedy, guilt, the struggle to survive, and finally, the healing process.
Told in a naturalistic free verse, she makes us question whether or not the survivors “got what they deserved” as they struggle to make sense of the pain and guilt. Ultimately, Pattou allows us to get up close and personal with her character’s stream of consciousness narrative. As they interact with one another in the face of such a horrific tragedy, we watch as they slowly but surely rebuild, find a new equilibrium, and learn how to survive with such haunting memories.
Despite the horrific things the characters do, they are still relatable. You’ll be unable to prevent yourself from feeling sympathetic as you delve deeper into the story.