Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 PoetryApril 1, 2006 |

Heart-Mirror

A little spit on the heart-mirror—like my father, the gambler,spitting into his palmsthen rubbing them togetherbefore he lets gothe dice. I am rollingthrough the starsjust thinking about it.And my heart, rubbed cleanwith maniac luck,gets what it wantedfor once: this child's moonand three sentinel lovers.

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Tess Gallagher’s ninth volume of poetry, Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, is out from Graywolf Press and from Bloodaxe Press in England. Other poetry includes Dear Ghosts, Moon Crossing Bridge, and Amplitude. Her A Path to the Sea, translations of Liliana Ursu’s by Adam Sorkin, Ms. Gallagher and Ms. Ursu came out September 2011. Gallagher’s The Man from Kinvara: Selected Stories was published in fall 2009. In 2008 Blackstaff Press in Belfast published Barnacle Soup—Stories from the West of Ireland, a collaboration with the Sligo storyteller Josie Gray, available in the US from Carnegie Mellon. Distant Rain, a conversation with the highly respected Buddhist nun, Jacucho Setouchi, of Kyoto, is both an art book and a cross-cultural moment.

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A little spit on the heart-mirror—like my father, the gambler,spitting into his palmsthen rubbing them togetherbefore he lets gothe dice. I am rollingthrough the starsjust thinking about it.And my heart, […]

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