Big Windows

Big Windows

by Lauren Moseley
Big Windows

Big Windows

by Lauren Moseley

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In this stunning debut collection, Lauren Moseley’s poems move through real and imagined landscapes, navigating the borders between doubt, fear, wonder, and empowerment. Through the lens of the natural world, Moseley explores love, family, marriage, and self-knowledge, and never stops searching for the sacred, even when “the thread connecting all things” snaps. At once electric and contemplative, in a lyrical but spare style, the poems in Big Windows ultimately break down the boundaries between the self and the environment, between the physical and dream worlds, revealing the transcendent in the everyday.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887486326
Publisher: Carnegie-Mellon University Press
Publication date: 02/13/2018
Series: Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

LAUREN MOSELEY’s poems have appeared in the anthologies Best New Poets and Women Write Resistance. She holds an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has been a fellow at Yaddo and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a recipient of an artist’s grant from the Money for Women/Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

Table of Contents


Romance 13

Figment 14

Summer 15

Cyclops 16

Deep 17

Before Prayer 18

Biopsy 19

Iris 20

The Artist As a Disembodied Head, Bleeding on Snow 21

Self-Portrait As a Beast with Two Backs 22

Tail 23

Kill Devil Hills 24

The Ash Field 25

A Fine Essence Descending 26

Disobedience / is the first right of being alive 27


When Fog, When Mountain 31

Calling the Animal 32

The Sound I'll Make 33

Easter 34

Bath 35

Mary 36

El Río Manu 37

Panther 38

She Who Will Hurt Us 39

A Warning 40

Gravity 41

Illiterate Dream 42

Cry for Help 43

Landlocked 44

Against Me, with Me, Round About 45

Something Like Belief 46


Real 49

Coyote 50

Time passes but it does not move forward 51

Marrow 52

Onions 53

Marriage 54

Ice Mountain 55

Lightning-Struck Cypress 56

An Ending 57

Milkweed 59

Reading Wind 60

Mowing 61

Aubade, Riparian 63

Will 64

The Woods Within 65

Thanks Be to Big Windows 66

Notes 67

What People are Saying About This

Kathryn Nuernberger

“Lauren Moseley’s Big Windows is a debut collection of elegant and flawlessly crafted meditations on domesticity that allow readers the charms of a perfectly framed view.”

Stuart Dischell

“Lauren Moseley is a keen, observant poet with a lyric gift for the music of poetry and a sense of narrative subtlety. The intense vision of Big Windows is clear from the first line of the first poem in the collection: ‘I am drawn to the window as if it were a fire.’ The transformations these poems accomplish are simply breathtaking. This is a fine, beautiful first book worthy of celebration.”

Katharine Coles

“Like windows, ‘glass drawing lines,’ these poems give us a series of views, and place us always in at least two places at once, in here and, transported by the poet’s vision and our own, beside ourselves and beyond.”

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