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Moon Crossing Bridge

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Tess Gallagher's stunning new poems of remembrance, mourning, and recovery following the death of her husband, Raymond Carver.
Paperback, 110 pages
Published September 1st 1992 by Graywolf Press (first published 1992)
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to fold the clothes. No matter who lives
or who dies, I'm still a woman.
I'll always have plenty to do.
I bring the arms of his shirt
together. Nothing can stop
our tenderness. I'll get back
to the poem. I'll get back to being
a woman. But for now
there's a shirt, a giant shirt
in my hands, and somewhere a small girl
standing next to her mother
watching to see how it's done.
p. 64

I have known of this poem for Gallagher for awhile. I had no idea, until I picked up this collection, th
I enjoyed meeting Tess a few years ago. She is a warm and gracious person. I must confess however that I find her obsession with the death of Raymond Carver somewhat off-putting, but that probably says more about my discomfort with love and loss and the unavoidable tragedy of being human and giving a damn than it does about her skill as a poet and vision as an artist. In the case of this collection there is nothing off-putting about the aforementioned obsession however, in that it was written sh ...more
When Tess Gallagher is good, she's REALLY good. Some stunning insights and breathtaking writing. Packed with carefully constructed poems about grief and mourning. However, when Tess is not good, it's tough. At times, I got lost in convoluted sentences or abstractions (a sin I am often guilty of in my writing, and now, having read her, I can see why people read them and say tsk, tsk.) However, a book that is WELL WORTH picking up. She looks at the world in wonderful ways.
There's something so strong-willed and filling about Tess Gallagher. This collection of poems written after the death of Raymond Carver aches with aloneness but not loneliness. There's a lot of Japan and quiet scenery. Some of the poem endings left me unsatisfied, but overall I enjoyed this.
Tess Gallagher writes about the loss of her beloved husband in many of these poems which is naturally sad, longing words of missing him. Very moving and more easily understood than some of her other collections.
my knee-marks / are two bald companion moons where we glide / grassily in place (27)

a braille of winds (27)

to stroke / the wrong way until the skin roars (35)

Abbi Dion
Sad and lovely. And loverly. Additionally, the epigraphs she's chosen are profound, life-changing.
Tess's poems in Moon Crossing Bridge are lovely, often cryptic and deeply personal.
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Tess Gallagher is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and My Black Horse. She will release her collection of New and Selected Poems entitled Midnight Lantern in October 2011. Gallagher is also the author of Amplitude, Soul Barnacles: Ten More Years with Ray, A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry, and three collections of short fiction: At the Owl Wom ...more
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“Don’t move. I like this ledge of loose diamonds
waiting to be spilled into the night.
Let’s shine awhile without touching.
Sensuality is, after all, a river that is always waiting.”
“To visit the sunless core of the forest is to say to the heart, which is always a remnant, "Love as if you will be answered," and in that fiction to force love wide as the invisible net of bird flight between the boughs.” 0 likes
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