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Dear Ghosts,

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Tess Gallagher
In Dear Ghosts—Tess Gallagher's seventh collection, now in paperback—the ghosts of the past are conjured and communed with as part of the poet's present day: the deceased beloved, the father long dead, the ailing mother, the victims of holocaust and war. With these spirits beside her, Gallagher confronts her own illness and mortality and celebrates new love and friendship in these spare lyrics and sprawling narratives, each punctuated by her feisty resilience and signature grace. Here is the awaited work by one of America's most accomplished poets.

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"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

About the Author

Tess  Gallagher
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Tess Gallagher is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Is, Is Not; 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.
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  • “Gallagher’s big, emotion-rich volume is her first in 14 years….The many who cherished her earlier verse will find the new work profound.”Publishers Weekly
  • “This poet’s universe continues to expand with a rare generosity of spirit. For all collections.”Library Journal, starred review
  • "Here is. . . . Tess Gallagher's rich, striking, new collection Dear Ghosts,. The comma in her title emphasizes how elegiac the book is, addressed to ghosts of various kinds and degrees of intimacy."—Robert Pinsky, The Washington Post
  • “Her words, her images, her stories will find kinship with your spirit.”The Bloomsbury Review
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