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The Moon is Almost Full
Chana Bloch




Autumn House
2017 • 88 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"
Poetry / Poetry - Women Authors / Poetry - Death, Grief, Loss

$17.95 Paperback, 978-1-938769-20-7



The newest collection by noted poet and translator Chana Bloch

Chana Bloch’s newest poetry collection, The Moon is Almost Full, focuses frankly and tenderly on the themes of aging and death. Bloch doesn’t shy away from the dark places, but she was a trustworthy guide. These remarkable poems remind the reader to take joy where we can find it and relish the everyday.

Bloch’s clear and direct voice makes her poems accessible favorites for all readers. Anyone interested in poetry dealing with aging, cancer, family relationships, and Judaism.

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“Under siege, I am still a kingdom,” writes Chana Bloch in this signal, singing, singeing collection of poems. Each page verifies the beauty and scope and surge of a life both extraordinary and daily, embraced not in spite of our mortality, but because of it.”—Jane Hirshfield, author of The Beauty

“These poems, fashioned with compact power and formal elegance, are a luminous demonstration of how poetry can be the vehicle for both confronting our darkest fears and yet continuing to affirm the preciousness of life. The Moon is Almost Full is the crowning achievement of Chana Bloch's distinguished career as a poet.”—Robert Alter, author of The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary

“Chana Bloch insists on life. Inviting us to the view from mortality's edge, taking us to 'the intersection of self and door,' she can experience 'a joy so acute it startles me' even in the cancer ward. For all of us who have 'looked down a well so deep / you couldn't see bottom,' she teaches us to look around:

A sparrow lands on a springy stalk,
rides it fluently to the ground.
The deer come up close and present their ears."—Alicia Ostriker, author of
Waiting for the Light

From the Book:

The Face of Death

No one can look upon the Face of God
and live. Even Moses could not.
That nuclear fury
would have blazed him to a char.

The Face of Death has me in its sights,
blistering cold as dry ice.
I may look upon it if I dare. And I must.
O Death, thou knowest.

I refuse to turn my eyes away.
I am choosing day by day to see
even as I am seen, till the last face-to-face
when I am taken with a kiss.



CHANA BLOCH (1940-2017) was a poet, translator, scholar, and teacher. She was the author of five books of poems, six books of translation from Hebrew poetry, ancient and contemporary, and a critical study of George Herbert. Bloch was professor emerita of English literature and creative writing at Mills College, where she taught for many years and directed the creative writing program. She lived in Berkeley, California.



Tue, 15 Aug 2017 10:41:19 -0500