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.
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.
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.
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.
|Publisher:||Louisiana State University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.40(d)|