Almost Lost Moment

Almost Lost Moment

coming back in an incidental way,
claiming to be the most beautiful
moment of my life:  braiding
her waist-length white hair by the Pacific
at LaPush.  Hand over
hand, the three-way crossings
of apportioned strands, and quiet,
her head braced against my gentle pull
as she gazes out.  Both in our sea-minds.
And quiet.
Quiet.

 

for Georgia Morris Bond,
          my mother

 

Tess Gallagher’s 12th volume of poetry, Is, Is Not, will be published by Graywolf Press in America in 2019.  Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, is her presently most complete volume of poetry. She is included in World Poetry Anthology edited by Neil Astley and published by Bloodaxe Press.  Other poetry includes Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and Amplitude.  Gallagher’s The Man from Kenvara: Selected Stories was published fall 2009.  In 2008 Blackstaff Press in Belfast published Barnacle SoupStories from the West of Ireland, a collaboration with the Sligo storyteller Josie Gray.  She companioned the production of the film BIRDMAN, directed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu, which uses a story and a poem of her late husband, Raymond Carver.  A dual language edition of her poems has just been published in Romania.  She spends time in a cottage on Lough Arrow in Co. Sligo in the West of Ireland where many of her new poems are set, and also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.

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