Moon Crossing Bridge Bibliography - Essay

Tess Bond


(Critical Survey of Contemporary Fiction)

Bachman, Merle. “Taking the Kiss.” Poetry Flash: A Poetry Review and Literary Calendar for the West, June, 1992, 1, 4-5, 7-9, 27. This lengthy interview explores Gallagher’s views on poetry, especially on the force behind Moon Crossing Bridge.

Gallagher, Tess. A Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1986. A collection of Gallagher’s essays with photographs, this book introduces readers to Gallagher as a critic of poetry and as a poet. “My Father’s Love Letters,” the introductory essay, artfully sketches Gallagher’s early years. Another essay, “The Poem as a Reservoir for Grief,” illuminates Moon Crossing Bridge.

Gallagher, Tess. The Lover of Horses: and Other Stories. New York: Harper & Row, 1986. This collection of Gallagher’s short stories contains several works that are particularly well suited to analysis of gender relationships.

Gallagher, Tess. Portable Kisses. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Capra Press, 1992. This collection of love poems, which came out a month after Moon Crossing Bridge, speaks of a return to sensual love.

Heuving, Jeanne. “‘To Speak Aloud at a Grave’: Tess Gallagher’s Poems of Mourning and Love.” Northwest Review 32, no. 1 (January 15, 1994): 744-760. Heuving analyzes Moon Crossing Bridge from several literary perspectives, including those of feminist and biographical criticism. She also ties Moon Crossing Bridge to its companion volume, Portable Kisses.

McKinley, James. “An Active Calm: An Interview with Tess Gallagher.” New Letters 59, no. 4 (1993): 56-65. McKinley directs his interview at exploring the imagery in and the psychology of Moon Crossing Bridge.

Marshall, John Douglas. “Widow’s Work.” Los Angeles Times Magazine, January 12, 1992, 18-20, 35, 36. Marshall’s interview combines analysis and biographical information to illuminate Gallagher’s poetry, especially Moon Crossing Bridge and Portable Kisses.