My Black Horse: New & Selected Poems

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Tess Gallagher is one of America's leading poets. This selection draws on five collections, including Moon Crossing Bridge (1992), the poems of remembrance, mourning and recovery she wrote after the death of her husband, the writer Raymond Carver. It also includes a group of new poems and a moving autobiographical essay, My Father's Love Letters.
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Overview

Tess Gallagher is one of America's leading poets. This selection draws on five collections, including Moon Crossing Bridge (1992), the poems of remembrance, mourning and recovery she wrote after the death of her husband, the writer Raymond Carver. It also includes a group of new poems and a moving autobiographical essay, My Father's Love Letters.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781852243067
  • Publisher: Bloodaxe Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

My Father's Love Letters 13
from Instructions to the Double (1976)
Kidnaper 31
Instructions to the Double 31
Breasts 33
The Woman Who Raised Goats 34
Beginning to Say No 35
Coming Home 36
Black Money 37
Clearing 38
Even Now You Are Leaving 39
The Coats 40
The Horse in the Drugstore 41
Cows, a Vision 42
When You Speak to Me 43
A Poem in Translation 43
Stepping Outside 45
Time Lapse with Tulips 46
Croce e Delizia al Cor 47
The Calm 48
Corona 49
Zero 50
Snowheart 51
Rhododendrons 52
from Under Stars (1978)
Words Written Near a Candle 55
Women's Tug of War at Lough Arrow 55
Four Dancers at an Irish Wedding 56
The Ritual of Memories 57
As If It Happened 59
On Your Own 60
Woman-Enough 60
The Ballad of Ballymote 62
Disappearances in the Guarded Sector 63
Open Fire Near a Shed 64
Love Poem to Be Read to an Illiterate Friend 65
Second Language 66
Still Moment at Dun Laoghaire 68
Ever After 68
Under Stars 70
The Meeting 71
Harmless Streets 72
The Same Kiss After Many Years 74
Backdrop with Lovers, 1931 75
My Mother Remembers That She Was Beautiful 76
from Willingly (1984)
Sudden Journey 79
Unsteady Yellow 79
Bird-Window-Flying 80
I Save Your Coat, But You Lose It Later 81
The Hug 82
Devotion: That It Flow; That There Be Concentration 84
Not There 88
Crepes Flambeau 88
Conversation with a Fireman from Brooklyn 89
Some with Wings, Some with Manes 90
View from an Empty Chair 92
Tableau Vivant 93
Reading Aloud 94
from Dread in the Eyes of Horses 96
Death of the Horses by Fire 97
3 a.m. Kitchen: My Father Talking 98
Boat Ride 99
Accomplishment 104
Black Silk 105
Candle, Lamp & Firefly 106
Woodcutting on Lost Mountain 107
Some Painful Butterflies Pass Through 112
Gray Eyes 113
Linoleum 114
Willingly 116
Each Bird Walking 117
from Amplitude (1987)
If Poetry Were Not a Morality 121
His Shining Helmet; Its Horsehair Crest 123
Refusing Silence 124
That Kind of Thing 124
In Maceio 128
Sugar 129
If Blood Were Not as Powerful as It is 131
Redwing 132
With Stars 133
Dim House, Bright Face 134
The Borrowed Ones 135
All Day the Light Is Clear 136
Their Heads Bent Toward Each Other Like Flowers 137
Photograph of a Lighthouse Through Fog 138
Small Garden Near a Field 139
Present 141
Cougar Meat 142
Message for the Sinecurist 144
Simple Sonatina 145
The Story of a Citizen 146
Survival of a Heart 149
Into the Known 150
The Hands of the Blindman 152
Rijl 152
Bonfire 154
Amplitude 156
Moon Crossing Bridge (1992)
I.
Yes 164
Red Poppy 164
Wake 165
Corpse Cradle 166
Reading the Waterfall 167
Trace, in Unison 168
Black Pudding 169
Now That I Am Never Alone 170
Legend with Sea Breeze 170
Souvenir 172
II.
Embers 174
Two of Anything 175
Sad Moments 176
Ring 177
He Would Have 178
Thieves at the Grave 178
Cold Crescent 179
After the Chinese 180
III.
Black Valentine 182
Quiver 183
Fresh Stain 184
Rain-soaked Valentine 185
Crazy Menu 186
Posthumous Valentine 187
Strange Thanksgiving 188
Meeting Beyond Meeting 189
Magenta Valentine 189
Valentine Delivered by a Raven 190
IV.
Paradise 192
Ebony 193
Fathomless 193
Breeze 194
Deaf Poem 195
We're All Pharaohs When We Die 196
V.
Moon Crossing Bridge 198
Spacious Encounter 199
Anniversary 200
I Stop Writing the Poem 201
Cherry Blossoms 202
Knotted Letter 203
I Put On My New Spring Robe 204
Northwest by Northwest 204
Picking Bones 205
Blue Grapes 206
At The-Place-of-Sadness 206
Close to Me Now 207
A Dusky Glow at Glenstaughey 207
Infinite Room 208
Two Locked Shadows 209
Glow 210
VI.
Un Extrano 212
Incomprehensibly 213
I Don't Know You 215
While I Sit in a Sunny Place 216
The Forest She Was Trying to Say 217
Sea Inside the Sea 218
Kisses from the Inside 219
A Light that Works Itself into the Mind 220
If This Love Ends 221
Near, As All That Is Lost 222
Notes 224
New Poems
Urgent Story 227
Worth It or Not? 228
Because the Dream Is My Tenderest Arm 229
With Her Words Beside Me 230
Wisdom-Mirror 231
When the Enemy Is Illiterate 232
Your Hair Is Red in Sunlight 233
Liliana 234
For Yvonne 235
To Whom Can I Open My Heart? 235
Utterly 236
No, Not Paradise 236
Birthmark 237
Essentials 239
Don't Wipe Your Madness Off Me 240
Tawny Equilibrium 241
Laughter and Stars 241
For Certain Foreign Anthologists of Raymond Carver 243
Owl-Spirit Dwelling 244
Two bracelets 246
Child Singing 248
From Moss-Light to Hopper with Love 249
Iris Garden in May 251
Index of titles and first lines 253
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