Book of Snow
Mary Moore grew up in Southern California and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Davis. She is author of a chapbook of poetry, As to the Trees That Blossom at Night (White Bear Books) and a scholarly book, Desiring Voices: Women Sonneteers and Petrarchsm. Her poems have appeared in Field, Negative Capability, Nimrod, Poetry, Prairie Schooner and other magazines and journals. She now lives in Huntington, WV, where she teaches at Marshall University. She has one daughter, Damara.
“The reach and range of Mary Moore’s aesthetic ambition are breathtaking, sometimes heart-stopping. Alternating sonnets of dazzling magnitude, brief meticulous incantations, and mellifluously extended meditations, The Book of Snow introduces us to a poet who peers uncannily through the crust of things to ‘the under-mother, matter’s plum-red magma, / enigma’s very oven even while, with elegance and eloquence, she celebrates the riches of a surface world that is ‘blooded. . . like fruit / whose globed flight the fluted / white bowl catches, and holds.’” –Sandra Gilbert
“With a coast-to-coast American vision, the sensibility of pioneering botanists and painters, Moore makes discoveries that are not infrequently frightening. Her poems are full of light and motion. To read Moore’s poems is to ride the. They are completely exhilarating.” –Sandra McPherson
Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Moore, Mary, "Book of Snow" (1998). CSU Poetry Center Books. 131.