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Tess Gallagher

Tess Gallagher is the author of numerous volumes of poetry, including Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing Bridge. Her other books include A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry and several collections of short fiction. Her many awards include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships.


Laughter and Stars

Autumn 1995 | Poetry

I didn't make present
those days he didn't complain
but I knew he was sick, felt
sick, and a look would pass between us,
a doomed look that nonetheless