Spring 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 2 Poetry |

The Violence of Unseen Forms

…oh how I long just once to feelthe hand within me that throws larks so high into the sky—letter from Rilke Can one soul consumeanother? Or does asking violatethe notion: soul inviolable?To ask is to wonder anew at the violenceof unseen forms Was it will over will?Or did superior need bend us, one toanother? Does one who serveshold the upper hand, having failed purposefullyin the small ways, to mark and sealparameters? Is there loss?Or does the soul-inside-the-soulresort to bird song, to the shadow-languagesof touch and glance at its central core,preferring undertow as itmore graciously attendsthe world's day by day. When one soul takes on the heftof a faltering soulis it transaction, translation, atonementor all three—for which the deeds themselvesare gratefully forfeitto the renewed essence of both? All I know is, when her soulseemed to fail her, I had no choice.In the lifting up I became anotherventuring, could shake far cries in realmsunguessed. Nor could I

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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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