Tess Gallagher wrote the poems in Boogie-Woogie Crisscross via e-mails exchanged with Lawrence Matsuda over a number of years. The resulting collaboration is a poetry jam session. Her previous book is Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2011). Graywolf also published Dear Ghosts and Moon Crossing Bridge, as well as other works, including her selected stories, The Man from Kinvara. Her essay collections, A Concert Of Tenses and Soul Barnacles, are also available from University of Michigan Press. She recently companioned the film BIRDMAN, which includes one of the short stories of her late husband, Raymond Carver: “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” She became an encourager of its director, Alejandro Inarritu, throughout work on the film, and their friendship led to his mentioning her as he received four Oscars for the film in 2015. This friendship continues through Inarritu’s work on The Revenant, during which Tess sent him poems he said he read to energize himself at breaks in the arduous filming process.
She wrote “a poet’s introduction” to Marina Tsvetaeva: The Essential Poems, translated by Michael Naydan and Slava Yastremski, published in 2015.
She lives and writes in Port Angeles, Washington, her birthplace, as well as intervals spent in her cottage in the west of Ireland, where all of the poems included here were written in her chair that overlooks Lough Arrow and Jimmy Frazer’s green field in County Sligo.