"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
- “Gallagher, a cherished poet and short story writer, evokes the power of the unseen as well as the seen with breathtaking clarity, creating metaphors so surprising, radiant, and apt that the world seems to expand in their wake.”—Booklist, starred review
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.
- “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