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Carol Moldaw was born in Oakland, California. She received a BA from Harvard University in 1978 and an MA from Boston University in 1986.

She is the author of So Late, So Soon: New and Collected Poems  (Etruscan Press, 2010), The Lightning Field (Oberlin College Press, 2003), and Taken From the River (Alef Books, 1993).

Of her work, Jane Hirshfield writes, “Here are poems of intelligent consideration and a deft and heart-born music, filled with the gleam of particularity and a lushness of language and substance.”

Moldaw is also the author of the novel The Widening (Etruscan Press, 2008). She has received a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. She has taught at Naropa University, the College of Santa Fe, and the University of Southern Maine, among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Bibliography

Poetry
So Late, So Soon: New and Collected Poems  (Etruscan Press, 2010)
The Lightning Field (Oberlin College Press, 2003)
Chalkmarks on Stone (La Alameda Press, 1998)
Taken From the River (Alef Books, 1993)

Prose
The Widening (Etruscan Press, 2008)

The Lightning Field, 6

6.
a patch of virga/a verse paragraph
slant marks/slashing the sky/silvered in a shaft
of sunlight/pellucid virgules marking time
and pitch in a run of silent recitativo
no skittering drops/no rivulets of rhyme
shearing off the windshield/dripping from eaves
from leaves/self-contained/this sheet of rain
evaporates/is throttled/bottlenecked
in the sky's throat/never nears/never
grazes/never wets/the tantalized ground
virginal downpour/suspended mid-fall
coitus interruptus/a phone call/a second
thought/a punctured tire/a pummeled breast
no/no/no/no/no
the milk/won't come/the seed/won't plant/the womb
nulliparous/swells anyhow/the rain
falls/and does not fall/stalled/the drops
make no discernible sound/a sob/a soughing
at the wheel/to our right/never overhead
not in reach/always down the road
an etching/scraped/scraped out/scarring the sky
a series of caesuras/a fractured field
a field of splintered bones/of lines broken
into spits smaller than feet/smaller than
a fetus/embryonic/the arrested rain

From The Lightning Field by Carol Moldaw, Field Poetry Series v. 14. Copyright © 2003 by Oberlin College Press. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press. All rights reserved.

From The Lightning Field by Carol Moldaw, Field Poetry Series v. 14. Copyright © 2003 by Oberlin College Press. Reprinted by permission of Oberlin College Press. All rights reserved.

Carol Moldaw

Carol Moldaw

Carol Moldaw is the author of So Late, So Soon: New and Collected Poems  (Etruscan Press, 2010) and The Lightning Field (Oberlin College Press, 2003), among others. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.