Gail Gauldin Moore
    About Gail Gauldin Moore’s book, Nancy of the Silences, Marjorie Power has written, “[It] is one of the most centering books I have read in a long time. These poems evoke paradox at its best: they are written with a harrowing awareness of pain, betrayal, and abandonment, yet their truthfulness, combined with the absence of self pity, brings comfort and peace. They leave this reader feeling very quiet, which makes it difficult to review the book. Moore experiences the world through her five senses, moment by moment, so that the reader is pulled - gently, precisely, and absolutely - into her space. The pain she expresses somehow works in the service of nurturing the reader.”
    And I can attest to the nurturing qualities of Gail’s poems as well as Gail as a person. It is a joy to be in workshops with her, to hear her heartfelt and honest poems and her heartfelt and honest critiquing. She left us for a long time, but luckily she is back for the time being, maybe even to stay. She writes and reads with passionate and dreamy conviction. Listening to her, we know we’re in a world as far away from banks and boardrooms and brokerage firms as it is possible on this earth to be. Gail’s poems are a respite from all that: they’re like a dream tour through the gardens of a French chateau, an ethereal journey that hovers just above the tawdry emptiness, or maybe the intensity, of the trailer park, the transient hotel or the “correctional facility.” And in this journey, the reader/listener always remains in good hands.

i changed your name
to Sea Flower.
i changed your name
to Looking Glass.  I changed
your name to Sweet Marie.

But all of that was silly,
as you never called;
and life was an empty vase
or in between one thing
or another.

You changed my name
from Mother
to woman wearing slippers
in a dark hallway.

When you went away
I changed my name to
Apple Slices and bit off
parts of myself.

When you stopped us
i changed my name to Nancy
of the silences.


I send search lights into
my house of change.
or i sit in a horse trailer
imaging miracles.

Sometimes at night
I turn into a small God.
I weep
For       the        slow        expanding        universe

2012 Gail Gauldin Moore
Gail Gauldin Moore was a Featured Poet who read her poetry at the February 2012 Second Sunday Poetry Series