Spirits for Sale
poems and images by Jordan Tretheway and Marcel Herms
Spirits for Sale is a series of tanka written about haunted items folks are selling in eBay, in collaboration with a visual artist who illustrated each poem. And yes, they are as unsettling, and as funny, as that description promises. Readers who don’t like Spirits for Sale are clearly haunted by their own ghosts, ghosts of bad taste and questionable life decisions. There is time to dispel these demons, of course, by replacing them with the spirits in this collaboration:
rag dolls anne and andy found
will rattle doorknobs
if locked away, can release
bright ectoplasm from mouths
Jordan Trethewey is a writer and editor living in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. He is also a husband, father (to two kids, a black cat, and a Sheltie), visual artist, and beer-league softball player.
Marcel Herms is a self-taught artist. His work is about freedom. He never knows what he’s going to make before he begins. When Marcel starts a project he tries to accesses his subconscious, and from there, something usually arises. He does not limit himself to one medium, preferring to keep busy with different art forms. Marcel always has music playing while he is working; he feels it provides a freeing atmosphere in which to create. Like music, Marcel’s art is about autonomy, licentiousness, passion, color and rhythm.