When the Moon Knows You're Wandering



When the Moon Knows You're Wandering turns on the theme of lost and found paths, of being perpetually lost and then found. But even more than lost, driven to abandon the paths of one's past. The moon in the title poem serves as landmark, tool of navigation, and silent witness. The speaker, distracted by the world, wanders, spiritually and physically, searching for some anchor that will return her to a significant sense of "home." She becomes a migrant of sorts, finding her way by what is common to all of us-landscape, song, and memory. Resolution for the speaker comes not in the journey but in the return to the simple articles of a life, the things we call home.

Product Details

New Issues Poetry & Prose
Publish Date
February 01, 2002
6.26 X 0.27 X 9.84 inches | 0.39 pounds
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About the Author

RUTH ELLEN KOCHER is the author of One Girl Babylon, When the Moon Knows You're Wandering, winner of the Green Rose Prize in Poetry; and Desdemona's Fire, winner of the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award. Her work has appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Clackamas Literary Review, The Missouri Review, African American Review, The Gettysburg Review, and Antioch, among others. She lives in St. Louis, and teaches literature and writing at the University of Colorado.


"Kocher's subject matter is refreshingly varied, the emotional tone drifting from languid, through building, to outrage. Her use of enjambment functions like a brickbat, designed not merely to invite but to stun the reader on to the next line: "She has the terrible love of the praying/ mantis, this girl..."--Sandy McKinney "ForeWord Reviews"