These are precisely the words echoed by Earle Birney in his 1962 satirical poem, first published under the title of "Canadian Literature", illustrating his perception of Canada as a ghostless void.
Firmly denying that Canada had ever been ghostless, she devoted the rest of her essay to examining a number of examples to support her basic contention.
A coyote without an attached spirit feels incomplete and others hold it in contempt (this is why dogs are so despised--they are always ghostless
Swinburne finds himself alone in "this Hades found of me / Ghostless
, all its gulfs and creeks and reaches, / Sky, and shore, and cloud, and waste, and sea" (III.15.4-6).
Yet it also conjures the horror of alienation, isolation, the ghostless
controlling machine, a bloodless world in which interpersonal connection is limited to the arms-length bargain, in which the only meaning is the agnostic logic of exchange.
They hover round and round, incredulous and, for once, scared ghostless
despite their horaltic pose.