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A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Poetry Book of Fall 2011 We brave into ourselves each time

we put on our lantern-light

and step out and as a gleam steps

out its overlapping forms

to lift a path from its nest of darkness.

from "Midnight Lantern"

In Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Tess Gallagher collects her indispensable work from forty years of writing poetry, along with an ample new section written in the west of Ireland. Included in this generous book are Gallagher's signature nocturnes—for the changing Pacific Northwest, for her hardscrabble childhood, and for her late husband, Raymond Carver, and others. Her challenging new work confronts a tumultuous century's worth of art, warfare, and illness, while certifying the stubborn resilience of poetry and love. Astonishing, insightful, mischievous, an inimitable "seeing-into experience," Midnight Lantern is the essential book by a poet in the prime of her power.

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"Gallagher's large following has honored her work, since the 1970s, for many reasons. Some value her proliferation of family elegies, remembering her rough-hewn father and the hardscrabble corners of the American Northwest. Others see her as a generous travel poet, greeting the landscapes of Ireland and Japan: most of the 20 new poems here refer to the west of Ireland. Gallagher (Dear Ghosts) can also present herself as a spiritual guide, in poems about the nature of poetry: 'if I speak of the soul,' one poem concludes, 'it is only to use a halo of doubt/ to mark the site of a true disappearance.' Gallagher also remains well known, however, as the widow of Raymond Carver, who died in 1988. Much of Gallagher's verse, from then until now, looks back on what they shared. 'If his are the only lips,' 'His Moment' asks, 'am I never to be kissed/ except as one never-to-be-kissed again?' This big collection presents all of Gallagher's poetic sides: readers who already thought her overwrought, lacking technical polish, will not change their minds, but many others who take sustenance from Gallagher's words will find they have come to the right place here. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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PRAISE FOR TESS GALLAGHER

"It is impossible to read Tess Gallagher's poems without being drawn into their mesmerizing rhythms and convinced of the rightness of her intense yet unforced images." Joyce Carol Oates

"Tess Gallagher's is perhaps the most deeply moving and spiritual and intensely intelligent poetry being written in America today." William Heyen

Review:

Praise for Midnight Lantern:

"Lush, entrancing, and thorny, this invaluable retrospective is crowned by 30 stellar new poems that find Gallagher in a beautifully earthy, coy, sharply observant, and cosmically affectionate mode." Booklist

"[Those] who take sustenance from Gallagher's words will find they have come to the right place here." Publishers Weekly

Praise for Tess Gallagher:

"It is impossible to read Tess Gallagher's poems without being drawn into their mesmerizing rhythms and convinced of the rightness of her intense yet unforced images." Joyce Carol Oates

"Tess Gallaghers is perhaps the most deeply moving and spiritual and intensely intelligent poetry being written in America today." William Heyen,

"Never morose, sentimental, or embittered, Gallagher opens herself to the intricate miseries and mysteries of love in poems that are worthy of the Pulitzer Prize." The Seattle Times

Synopsis:

*A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Poetry Book of Fall 2011*
 
We brave into ourselves each time

we put on our lantern-light

and step out—as a gleam steps

out its overlapping forms

to lift a path from its nest of darkness.

               —from "Midnight Lantern"

In Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Tess Gallagher collects her indispensable work from forty years of writing poetry, along with an ample new section written in the west of Ireland. Included in this generous book are Gallaghers signature nocturnes—for the changing Pacific Northwest, for her hardscrabble childhood, and for her late husband, Raymond Carver, and others. Her challenging new work confronts a tumultuous centurys worth of art, warfare, and illness, while certifying the stubborn resilience of poetry and love. Astonishing, insightful, mischievous, an inimitable "seeing-into experience," Midnight Lantern is the essential book by a poet in the prime of her power.

About the Author

Tess Gallagher is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, screenplay writer, and translator. Her previous poetry collections include Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing Bridge. She lives in Washington State and the west of Ireland.

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overthetrail, September 29, 2011 (view all comments by overthetrail)
I'm ordering this for my son in law for Christmas because he and Tess have something in common, namely a spouse who was from Clatskanie, Oregon. I think it's going to be a winner of a gift!
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ISBN:
9781555975975
Author:
Gallagher, Tess
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20110931
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Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
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352
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9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Gallagher's large following has honored her work, since the 1970s, for many reasons. Some value her proliferation of family elegies, remembering her rough-hewn father and the hardscrabble corners of the American Northwest. Others see her as a generous travel poet, greeting the landscapes of Ireland and Japan: most of the 20 new poems here refer to the west of Ireland. Gallagher (Dear Ghosts) can also present herself as a spiritual guide, in poems about the nature of poetry: 'if I speak of the soul,' one poem concludes, 'it is only to use a halo of doubt/ to mark the site of a true disappearance.' Gallagher also remains well known, however, as the widow of Raymond Carver, who died in 1988. Much of Gallagher's verse, from then until now, looks back on what they shared. 'If his are the only lips,' 'His Moment' asks, 'am I never to be kissed/ except as one never-to-be-kissed again?' This big collection presents all of Gallagher's poetic sides: readers who already thought her overwrought, lacking technical polish, will not change their minds, but many others who take sustenance from Gallagher's words will find they have come to the right place here. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by ,

PRAISE FOR TESS GALLAGHER

"It is impossible to read Tess Gallagher's poems without being drawn into their mesmerizing rhythms and convinced of the rightness of her intense yet unforced images." Joyce Carol Oates

"Tess Gallagher's is perhaps the most deeply moving and spiritual and intensely intelligent poetry being written in America today." William Heyen

"Review" by , Praise for Midnight Lantern:

"Lush, entrancing, and thorny, this invaluable retrospective is crowned by 30 stellar new poems that find Gallagher in a beautifully earthy, coy, sharply observant, and cosmically affectionate mode." Booklist

"[Those] who take sustenance from Gallagher's words will find they have come to the right place here." Publishers Weekly

Praise for Tess Gallagher:

"It is impossible to read Tess Gallagher's poems without being drawn into their mesmerizing rhythms and convinced of the rightness of her intense yet unforced images." Joyce Carol Oates

"Tess Gallaghers is perhaps the most deeply moving and spiritual and intensely intelligent poetry being written in America today." William Heyen,

"Never morose, sentimental, or embittered, Gallagher opens herself to the intricate miseries and mysteries of love in poems that are worthy of the Pulitzer Prize." The Seattle Times

"Synopsis" by ,
*A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Poetry Book of Fall 2011*
 
We brave into ourselves each time

we put on our lantern-light

and step out—as a gleam steps

out its overlapping forms

to lift a path from its nest of darkness.

               —from "Midnight Lantern"

In Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Tess Gallagher collects her indispensable work from forty years of writing poetry, along with an ample new section written in the west of Ireland. Included in this generous book are Gallaghers signature nocturnes—for the changing Pacific Northwest, for her hardscrabble childhood, and for her late husband, Raymond Carver, and others. Her challenging new work confronts a tumultuous centurys worth of art, warfare, and illness, while certifying the stubborn resilience of poetry and love. Astonishing, insightful, mischievous, an inimitable "seeing-into experience," Midnight Lantern is the essential book by a poet in the prime of her power.

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