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Witch Wife is back in a brand new paperback edition, featuring a reader’s guide and writing prompts from the poet herself.

The poems of Witch Wife are spells, obsessive incantations to exorcise or celebrate memory, to mourn the beloved dead, to conjure children or keep them at bay, to faithfully inhabit one’s given body. In sestinas, villanelles, hallucinogenic prose poems and free verse, Kiki Petrosino summons history’s ghosts—the ancestors that reside in her blood and craft—and sings them to life.


Kiki Petrosino is the author of White Blood: a Lyric of Virginia (2020) and three other poetry books. She holds graduate degrees from the University of
Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have
appeared in Prairie SchoonerBest American Poetry, The Nation, The
New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, jubilat, Tin House 
and on-line at Ploughshares.
She directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia, where
she is a Professor of Poetry. Petrosino is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, a
Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts, an Al
Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, and the UNT Rilke Prize.


  • Publisher: ‎Sarabande Books (August 30, 2022)
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: ‎72 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1956046100
  • ISBN-13: ‎9781956046106
  • Item Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Dimensions: ‎5.5 x 0.25 x 7.75 inches
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