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Midnight Lantern

New and Selected Poems
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Tess Gallagher
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 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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"Tess Gallagher’s is perhaps the most deeply moving and spiritual and intensely intelligent poetry being written in America today."—William Heyen

About the Author

Tess  Gallagher
Credit: Morella Muñoz-Tebar
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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  • “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
  • “A worthy and deeply moving anthology. . . . Gallagher has always made strong use of storytelling, but as the years have passed, that narrator is ever more present. Reading her recent work, readers come away as if they have had a conversation with the poet, and it is that intimacy that gives her words power.”—The Seattle Times
  • “[Those] who take sustenance from Gallagher’s words will find they have come to the right place here.”—Publishers Weekly
  • “A fine and much recommended collection for world poetry collections.”—The Midwest Book Review 
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