Wolf Moon Blood Moon: Poems

Wolf Moon Blood Moon: Poems

by Ed Falco


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In Wolf Moon Blood Moon, Ed Falco considers love and the loss of love, what we have today and what we remember of yesterday, the promise of youth and the disappointments and pleasures of aging. By turns whimsical, meditative, and poignant, these poems examine the joys and sorrows of living.

The first section offers a meditation on loss, as the author explores bereavements both personal and remote. From an elderly mother and her stroke-impaired son struggling to have a simple conversation, to a man coping with the breakup of his marriage, to strangers caught in the public tragedies of a flood or an act of mass violence, these are poems acknowledging that loss is inevitable, infused with grief, and borne with courage. The second section explores the turbulence, sensuality, and mysteries within a particular life. Speakers in these poems contemplate aging while on their way to see a Broadway play, recall a father’s violence and a mother’s selflessness, and explore the complexity of a world that seems impossible to comprehend. Together, the two sections suggest a poet looking back in contemplation.

Editorial Reviews

Denise Duhamel

Primarily about loss, these poems embrace not only those we lose to death, but the parts of ourselves we lose with time...By embracing melancholy, Falco paradoxically shines light, affirming the human spirit. Wolf Moon Blood Moon reads as an ode to our very lives.

Beth Ann Fennelly

What great trust we develop in Ed Falco’s observations; what great pleasure we take in his nuanced and melodious contemplations. Deeply grounded in the natural world, Wolf Moon Blood Moon reckons with history and memory, with violence and grace. With a poet’s ear and a novelist’s instinct for the stories that matter, Falco has provided us a necessary tonic and a deeply satisfying book.

Stephen Gibson

In finely crafted works, this award-winning author goes straight to the human condition: to our shared humanity and, sadly, to our shared inhumanity. Falco’s Wolf Moon Blood Moon presents incomparable beauty, but also incomprehensible suffering...This brilliant collection reminds us of the heart’s importance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807167182
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 12/05/2017
Pages: 72
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)

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