Annah Browning's poetry collection Witch Doctrine is a gothic instruction manual for how to exist in a heartbreaking world. Through a series of spell poems and a cast of haunting personas—including a sentient house, a mentoring witch, and a housekeeping ghost—Browning leads the reader in dark and slyly humorous meditations on mortality, loss, feminist power, and survival: "you'll take / another branch for the fire / and you will make it."
By Annah Browning. Paperback. 64 pages. Published by University of Akron Press, 2020.