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Is, Is Not: Poems

Is, Is Not: Poems

by Tess Gallagher


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Tess Gallagher’s new poems are suspended between contradiction and beauty

Is, Is Not upends our notions of linear time, evokes the spirit and sanctity of place, and hovers daringly at the threshold of what language can nearly deliver while offering alternative corollaries as gifts of its failures. Tess Gallagher’s poems reverberate with the inward clarity of a bell struck on a mountaintop. Guided by humor, grace, and a deep inquiry into the natural world, every poem nudges us toward moments of awe. How else except by delight and velocity would we discover the miracle within the ordinary?

Gallagher claims many Wests—the Northwest of America, the Northwest of Ireland, and a West even further to the edge, beyond the physical. These landscapes are charged with invisible energies and inhabited by the people, living and dead, who shape Gallagher’s poems and life. Restorative in every sense, Is, Is Not is the kind of book that takes a lifetime to write—a book of the spirit made manifest by the poet’s unrelenting gaze and her intimate engagement with the mysteries that keep us reaching.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781555978419
Publisher: Graywolf Press
Publication date: 05/07/2019
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 722,351
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Tess Gallagher is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing Bridge. Gallagher spends time in County Sligo, Ireland, and also in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.

Table of Contents

Recognition 1


In the Company of Flowers 5

Almost Lost Moment 6

Ambition 7

Your Dog Playing with a Coyote 9

Ability to Hold Territory 10

Blind Dog/Seeing Girl 12

Doe Browsing Salal Berries 14


Little Inside Out Dream 17

Dream Cancel 19

Stolen Dress 21

Glass Impresses 23

Hummingbird-Mind 25

One Deer at Dusk 26


Correction 31

Sully 33

Retroactive Father 36

Earth 38

The Seemingly Domesticated 39

Reaching 41

Right-Minded Person 44

In the Too-Bright Café 45


Let's Store These Hours 51

Season of Burnt-Out Candelabras 53

The Branches of the Maple 56

Yet to Be Born Weather 57

I Want to Be Loved Like Somebody's Beloved Dog in America 59

While I Was Away 63


Without 67

Deer Path Enigma 69

The Favorite Cup 70

What Does It Say 71


Bus to Belfast 75

Is, Is Not 76

As the Diamond 78

During the Montenegrin Poetry Reading 81

Curfew 83

Eddies Steps 84

Four-Footed 86

The Gold Dust of the Linden Trees 88

Blue Eyelid Lifting 91


Button, Button 95

Breath 99

To an Irishman Painting in the Rain 100

Encounter 102

Planet Greece 103

Cloud-Path 105


Oliver 109

A "Sit" with Eileen 112

Remembering Each Other While Together 115

Opening 117

Word of Mouth 118

Daylong Visitor 121

Caress 123

March Moon 124

Three Stars 125

Afterword: Writing from the Edge: A Poet of Two Northwests 127

Notes 135

Acknowledgments 139

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