With lyrical delicacy, the poems in Taken from the River, Moldaw’s first book, convey an otherworldly dreaminess. A ballad based on a tale of the Baal Shem Tov hinges on a lost sock; a columbary outside a hospital room window becomes a columbarium as the poet witnesses a friend dying of AIDS; a late afternoon remembered reveals how light changes, and changes us.
“In poems of tenderness, passion, loss, Carol Moldaw walks a line as thin but also as strong as a high wire. Where some poets would descend into sentimentality, her inventiveness and formal skill won’t allow her to fall. Instead, she lifts our gaze upward” Mary Jo Salter
“Moldaw’s first book reveals a gentle yet entirely assured lyric delicacy and the tendency to evoke the signal image in poetry that can transform and transport. Her work is fleet, witty, sometimes even jazzy and often startlingly graceful. Publishers Weekly
“Carol Moldaw’s poetry is a form of fixed attention, generous-minded and passionately, physically immediate.”Diane Middlebrook, Stanford University
Read “In Memoriam: Franklin Walker III, 1954-1988,” at the Boston Review website.