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When the Moon Knows You're Wandering
Ruth Ellen Kocher



Green Rose Series

New Issues Poetry & Prose
2002 • 51 pp. 6 x 9 3/4"
Poetry

$14.00 Paperback, 978-1-930974-11-1



“Kocher’s subject matter is refreshingly varied, the emotional tone drifting from languid, through building, to outrage. Her use of enjambment functions like a brickbat, designed... [continued in Reviews below]”—Sandy McKinney, ForeWord Reviews

When the Moon Knows You're Wandering turns on the theme of lost and found paths, of being perpetually lost and then found. But even more than lost, driven to abandon the paths of one's past. The moon in the title poem serves as landmark, tool of navigation, and silent witness. The speaker, distracted by the world, wanders, spiritually and physically, searching for some anchor that will return her to a significant sense of "home." She becomes a migrant of sorts, finding her way by what is common to all of us–landscape, song, and memory. Resolution for the speaker comes not in the journey but in the return to the simple articles of a life, the things we call home.

Reviews / Endorsements

“Kocher’s subject matter is refreshingly varied, the emotional tone drifting from languid, through building, to outrage. Her use of enjambment functions like a brickbat, designed not merely to invite but to stun the reader on to the next line: “She has the terrible love of the praying/ mantis, this girl...”—Sandy McKinney, ForeWord Reviews

“If we are all sometimes lost, as these haunting poems recognize, the gift is that we are lost in this world, a world Kocher's compelling and often searingly tender voice speaks from. Here, our most private moments are connected to the most distant and public--from the dream of a lost lover in the form of a white crane woven inextricably with a Peruvian earthquake in ‘Long Arm Forward,’ down to the quietest single image in ‘At Home the People Sing’ where language itself remains 'a doorway, to remind us our lives/ are not a pain we dream/ to remind us we are alive.' When the Moon Knows You're Wandering, is, in short, a very wise, beautiful and moving book.”—Beckian Fritz Goldberg



RUTH ELLEN KOCHER is the author of One Girl Babylon, When the Moon Knows You’re Wandering, winner of the Green Rose Prize in Poetry; and Desdemona’s Fire, winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Clackamas Literary Review, The Missouri Review, African American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Antioch, among others. She lives in St. Louis, and teaches literature and writing at the University of Colorado.



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