Opening with a substantial section of new work and bringing together poems from four previous collections, So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems displays the arc of Moldaw’s imaginative unfolding. The new pieces include a woman’s disquisition on marriage while she chops beets, a letter to a birth-mother in China, a pantoum quilted from Agnes Martin’s writings and a sly glimpse of the affair between spirit and matter. Out of acutely observed, deeply felt particulars the poems collected here balance intimacy and objectivity in exact, lyric language.
“Overall, Moldaw’s poems can be felt much like lightning is felt — as a dashed stroke of electricity that resonates long after the flash dissolves into a vast sky or field.” Jennifer Belcik, Southwestern American Literature
“Carol Moldaw is a treasured poet, a master of lyric intensity. In an age when literature often hinges on authorial self-construction, Moldaw’s work is a fascinating act of exploration. The world she discovers is dazzling and scary, haunted and generous, ‘flagrant with expectancy.’ So Late, So Soon includes beautiful new work and essential selections from Moldaw’s visionary sequences. This is a definitive collection. Its mystery and urgency are breathtaking like seeing fire for the first time.” D. Nurkse
“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.” Jane Hirshfield
Article: Interview with Carol Moldaw, Miriam’s Well: Poetry, Land Art, and Beyond, July 28 2010