Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems

By Tess Gallagher

40 ratings - 4.2* vote

*A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Poetry Book of Fall 2011*We brave into ourselves each time we put on our lantern-light and step out--as a gleam steps out its overlapping forms to lift a path from its nest of darkness. --from "Midnight Lantern"In Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Tess Gallagher collects her indispensable work from forty years of writing poetry, along *A Publishers Weekly Top Ten Poetry Book of Fall 2011*We brave into ourselves each time we put on our

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Hardcover, 334 pages
September 27th 2011 by Graywolf Press
1555975976 (ISBN13: 9781555975975)
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Joan Colby

This volume contains selections from each of Gallagher’s previous eight books plus new poems. Perhaps the strongest are her elegies for her late huband Raymond Carver, collected in ‘Moon Crossing Bridge’—though her succeeding books also treat the theme of that loss. My favorite is the masterful “Red Poppy” which exercises metaphor magnificently. Gallagher’s conversational style is interspersed with images that blaze suddenly and elevate her work far above the pedestrian.


A beautiful collection


I didn't get this book finished before I had to return it, but what I read was very good. I'd like to get back to it very soon.

Lin Ryals

This is a collection of poetry... some new and some old but all by Gallagher.Many of them are dark and very depressing. A lot of he poems at the beginning of the book made no sense to me and I'm not sure if they gradually made more sense or if I was starting to understand Gallagher's style of poetry but the poems did eventually start making sense to me. :) Some of the poems really made me think despite the darkness in them. Here are a few lines from her poem "Lie Down With the Lamb" so you get an idea of what I mean.

"While my country makes war, one lamb
is saved in the West of Ireland,
a sign to what oppresses, but a sign
of what? That in helplessness before
atrocities any innocence is oasis."

Deep and dark but a refreshing opportunity to read something different and I needed that. =o)


I won a copy of Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems by Tess Gallagher in a First Reads Giveaway!!! I am so excited to read it! I just received my copy in the mail today!!!! YAY!!!

I am giving this book 3.5 stars. I felt it started a little slow for me and had a hard time understanding a few of the first poems. But as I got farther into the book, I definitely could understand them. Some of the poems I could definitely feel her pain or her happiness.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves poetry or who would like to read a great book of poems! Tess Gallagher has shared her heart in this book and it is a joy to read.

Rae M.

This took a long time to get through, but it wasn't because it was bad! In fact I rather enjoyed the poetry while I was reading it--my main problem is that none of the poetry really stood out, and even as I'm sitting here writing a review, I can't remember any of the ones I particularly enjoyed, which is a shame. I can remember saying "THIS ONE. GENIUS." etc but I can't even remember the titles or the gist of them. Their styles are all very much the same. But I think if you enjoy poetry, you will certainly enjoy this collection.

Still a good collection though!