The Hug by Tess Gallagher
"Love – that’s what we’re talking about, love / that nabs you with “for me / only” and holds on."
Conversation with a Fireman from Brooklyn by Tess Gallagher
Midnight. I needed time to think. The past few days haven't been exactly kind to my heart. I saw you again --- by chance, which meant, what are the odds. Which meant, our worlds have ceased to overlap. Which meant,
Unanswered Letter by Tess Gallagher
There are letters I have to write. There are letters I want to receive. Wasn't it Svetlana Alliluyeva who said, "The one good thing about not seeing you is that I can write you letters"? Unanswered Letter Tess Gallagher Your silence is
I Stop Writing the Poem by Tess Gallagher
Tess Gallagher is Raymond Carver's wife. I think she wrote this after he died. More of the discussion (well, notes, really) here. It is raining again. Michael Whalen's I Have Loved You for a Thousand Lifetimes is on repeat. I Stop