Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 Poetry |

Offering

Before hunting seasonJosie prunes the apple trees.Leave the branches where theyfall, I say, having seen at duskthe tensile lips of the deerreaching up. Day into dusk andthe sign of their feasting.Nearest thing to joy, the limbsover days gradually strippedto a many-antlered thicketon the ground. Not to witness necksbent to forage—somehow a right communionin a time when, even toexchange glances, pleato plea, might harman inner complicitous reaching.When shots on the mountaincrack the stillness, their sacrificemust now include us.

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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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By Tess Gallagher

Before hunting seasonJosie prunes the apple trees.Leave the branches where theyfall, I say, having seen at duskthe tensile lips of the deerreaching up. Day into dusk andthe sign of their […]

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