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Down Spooky
Shanna Compton

October 2005
Trade Paper Original
ISBN: 978-0976472643
64 pp. | $14.00 $10.00

Please note: This book was published by Winnow Press, which has since ceased operation, but Bloof has the few remaining new copies in stock, courtesy of Winnow.


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From the back cover:

"Shanna Compton's Down Spooky is a little bit Texas and a whomping dose of New York School. Ms. Compton has a great ear and a good eye for the telling detail, and this gifted poet doesn't mince words. I like that. I like these poems a lot. There is something quotable, something memorable on every page of Down Spooky." —Tom Beckett

"Shanna Compton steps up to the plate as a new breed of adventure-seeking wordsmith. Check in here for daring flares of language, jocular and dancing, with a direct address to the populous of peoples and their props. Get refreshed, and get Down Spooky." —Lisa Jarnot

"A sound freak and a sight freak, Shanna Compton has 'hookymaking conviviality.' Note the predilection for nutty dialogue: 'I believe her married name was Smith-Corona'; 'We are fronded tickers'; and this satisfying nature etude, from 'Mouth Made out of Trees' (and out of Stevens): 'the snow your mouth a new environment mouth/inhalation rapid breathing environmental plantsign.' What a racket. But this poet is also affectingly elegant with the visuals: a cat is 'a shroud of a pet'; in an instant, 'the Oreo dims the milk'--glimpses that haunt the reader." —Caroline Knox

"'Lips that have smiled are as limitless as leaves,' Shanna Compton writes in her poem 'Mouth Made Out of Trees.' Her poems are 'limitless' in this and other senses; her work radiates an exuberant joy in the life of words. Down Spooky is a remarkable debut collection by a poet of wit, whimsy, intelligence, and charm." —David Lehman

"Down Spooky is as enchanting as a blue lake on a hot summer day that you never want to get out of once you’ve plunged in. The book brims with liveliness, and love, and wit. Shanna Compton has an uncanny gift of seizing moments and situations with sure aplomb, and even when she is reveling in word play--in purely verbal speculation--her words lead to insight. Readers can only be grateful for such beneficent interventions." —Harry Mathews

"As Shanna Compton writes, 'Hooray for the Differently Sane.' Down Spooky is a marvel of deep play and deeper knowingness. Read it and take joy!"— Susan Wheeler

All three of Shanna's books are available from Bloof. (Check out the bundle deal here.)

Shanna Compton is the author of the poetry collections Down Spooky, For Girls (& Others), Brink, and several chapbooks. The Seam, a book-length speculative poem, is forthcoming in 2013. She is also the editor of a collection of essays on the topic of video games, Gamers. Her work has been widely published, including in the Best American Poetry series, Poetry Daily, Poem-A-Day/PoemFlow by the Academy of American Poets, the Awl, Black Warrior Review,  and the Poetry Foundation website. For more information, see

Sample poems, MP3s, & a couple of interviews are posted over here.

Praise for
Down Spooky

Review in American Poet: The Journal of the Academy of American Poets

Review in CutBank by Joshua Corey

Review in Galatea Resurrects by Alan Bramhall

Review by Drew Gardner

Review/reading report at the Happy Booker by Reb Livingston

Attention Span note by Rodney Koeneke at Third Factory

Review by John Latta

Review by Midwest Book Review (scroll down)

Review by Publishers Weekly

Review in the Shaman Drum 05/06 Catalog by Ray McDaniel,

Review by Ron Silliman

Review in Small Spiral Notebook by Joanna Pearson

Also Available from Bloof:

For Girls & Others