Moon Crossing Bridge


Tess Gallagher's stunning new poems of remembrance, mourning, and recovery following the death of her husband, Raymond Carver.

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Tess Gallagher's stunning new poems of remembrance, mourning, and recovery following the death of her husband, Raymond Carver.

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"These poems are a gift of a poet's heart and soul to her readers—songs of love and loss, of pain and recovery. . . . A brave, unsparing, searchingly considered lesson for and statement to those of us lucky enough to meet the author through this book."—Robert Coles
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Gallagher's ( Amplitude ) new collection is dedicated to her husband, Raymond Carver, who died of cancer in 1988. One cannot help being moved by the emotion that grounds the work, even if the poems sometimes affect us more because of what lies behind them than because of what shows through. Some focus on ordinary objects now invested both with the warmth of remembrance and the agony of grief (``Some gifts are sent / only to haunt''), while others recall moments of leave-taking, such as Carver planting a tree, knowing `` `Even this thing is going to outlive /me.' '' The poem ``Wake'' (``We were dead / a little while together then, serene / and afloat on the strange broad canopy / of the abandoned world'') is one of the most visceral. However, slackness is evident in ``Sad Moments'' (``we are fit for modulation and /whim, for cloves and lace, or / that dim creaturely train rushing past us'') and bathos in ``He Would Have'' (``Any unexpected bounty adds him like seasoning / to the day''). Still, Gallagher's best poems powerfully evoke the ambiguous life of the survivor, who can say, ``My love's early death has scraped away my future,'' yet go on charting a life that has become a ``chaotic laboratory of broken approaches.'' Author tour. (Mar.)
Library Journal
The poems in this collection, Gallagher's fifth, arise from the grief she experienced after the death of her husband, poet and short story writer Raymond Carver, when ``morning and the night uncoupled.'' These poems struggle to re-create the mourner's passage through grief, a passage accomplished by ``pulling bright, tenacious filaments out of the absent body of the love itself.'' Some of this poetry is difficult: even when her verse begins from or turns on a homely object or occasion, Gallagher stretches language--both image and structure--as if in her effort to wrest understanding from great loss, even ordinary things lead her to confront the unfathomable mysteries of love and death, endurance and despair, lover and beloved. Despite the difficulty, this is a luminous and important book that well repays careful attention. Recommended.-- Margaret K. Powell, Yale Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555971755
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1992
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.37 (d)

Meet the Author

Tess Gallagher's previous publications include Amplitude: New and Selected Poems, A Concert of Tenses (essays on poetry), and The Lover of Horses and Other Stories. Portable Kisses (poetry) is forthcoming from Capra Press in April. She lives in Port Angeles, Washington, where she has recently completed the introductino to No Heroics, Please, the first of two volumes of The Uncollected Works of Raymond Carver, edited by William Stull.

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Table of Contents

Yes 3
Red Poppy 4
Wake 5
Corpse Cradle 6
Reading the Waterfall 7
Trace, in Unison 9
Black Pudding 10
Now that I Am Never Alone 12
Legend with Sea Breeze 13
Souvenir 15
Embers 19
Two of Anything 20
Sad Moments 22
Ring 24
He Would Have 26
Thieves at the Grave 27
Cold Crescent 29
After the Chinese 30
Black Valentine 33
Quiver 34
Fresh Stain 36
Rain-soaked Valentine 37
Crazy Menu 38
Posthumous Valentine 40
Strange Thanksgiving 41
Meeting beyond Meeting 43
Magenta Valentine 44
Valentine Delivered by a Raven 45
Paradise 49
Ebony 50
Fathomless 51
Breeze 52
Deaf Poem 53
We're All Pharaohs When We Die 55
Moon Crossing Bridge 59
Spacious Encounter 60
Anniversary 62
I Stop Writing the Poem 64
Cherry Blossoms 65
Knotted Letter 67
I Put On My New Spring Robe 69
Northwest by Northwest 70
Picking Bones 71
Blue Grapes 73
At The-Place-of-Sadness 74
A Dusky Glow at Glenstaughey 75
Close to Me Now 76
Infinite Room 77
Two Locked Shadows 78
Glow 79
Un Extrano 83
Incomprehensibly 85
I Don't Know You 87
While I Sit in a Sunny Place 89
The Forest She Was Trying to Say 90
Sea Inside the Sea 92
Kisses from the Inside 94
A Light that Works Itself into the Mind 95
If This New Love Ends 96
Near, As All that Is Lost 98
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