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Carol Moldaw

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Carol Moldaw

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 Beauty Refracted (Four Way Books, 2018), 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.


Beauty Refracted (Four Way Books, 2018)
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)

The Widening (Etruscan Press, 2008)

by this poet

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
"Save your hands,” my mother says,
seeing me untwist a jar's tight cap—

just the way she used to tell me
not to let boys fool around, or feel

my breasts: "keep them fresh
for marriage,” as if they were a pair

of actual fruit. I scoffed
to think they could bruise, scuff,

soften, rot, wither. I look