Poem of the week

By Tess Gallagher

American poet Tess Gallagher is in Scotland for the StAnza poetry festival (see interview, page 20). Her long-awaited eighth collection, Dear Ghosts (Graywolf Press), confronts illness, mortality and the loss of loved ones, including that of her poet and short-story writer husband Raymond Carver.

Little Match Box

And if there were two moons,

who would sleep when one

passed before the other

and took it in

on its dark side? Wouldn't

some extra light ray out

around the sustaining one?

Wouldn't you sense

the two in one, even if you'd

never seen them parted?

Sometimes a glory

is just that – a guessing-into

the seen, noticing

the fringe of presence

when it comes, trying to match

its fervency by something

as tangible, something

only you are equal to.

You can borrow Dear Ghosts from the Scottish Poetry Library, which also lends by post. Tel: 0131-557 2876, e-mail reception@spl.org.uk or visit www.spl.org.uk

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