Biography of Laura Moriarty
Laura Moriarty (April 8, 1952) is an American poet and novelist.
Moriarty was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, grew up on Cape Cod in Massachusetts and has lived in Northern California since 1966. She attended Sacramento State University and the University of California at Berkeley in the 70s. She was married to the poet Jerry Estrin until his death in 1993, and is currently married to the poet/librarian Nick Robinson.
Moriarty was the Archives Director for the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives at San Francisco State University from 1986-1997. She received a Poetry Center Book Award in 1984 for Persia. She has also been awarded a Gerbode Foundation grant, a residency at the Foundation Royaumont in France, a New Langton Arts Award in Literature and a grant from the Fund for Poetry. Moriarty has taught at Mills College, and Naropa University, among other places, and is currently deputy director of Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, California.
Laura Moriarty Poems
I keep gardenias By the Kwan Yin Though magnolia was her flower
for Leslie Scalapino I keep gardenias By the Kwan Yin Though magnolia was her flower On my steps where In ordinary life Last but once I saw her alive We had tea and sweets Stuffed with bean paste Years gone Following pleasure Wherever it worked We had tea again And she by then Only angel food And determination Would live still But wildly If she could
A Franc Sonic
for Jerry Estrin Snow covers The hills one by one Our neighborhood Characters become San Francisco 1874 Words later language A photograph At home when Light writes 1974 Or 1979 We move where The Lives of My Books Pages accumulate Not legible as themselves Historical time 1989 Startled leaves us Unafraid though Overgrown Died in 1993 Moved in 1994 In pink stone Earlier in 'The Park' Wrote shells and cherubs The cathedral The fountain
'light which is not sum' —Norma Cole, Mars The workaround or aura Not like repetition When we get to the final sun The maps are water the water gold He would not honor me You explain then against The disbelief displayed by the character I couldn't know him But knew love and Know it through knowledge "Love never falls off whether prophecies will be abolished whether tongues stopped" Announced as the fact Redolent of what was The defining addition More than the parts Unprecedented Ardor also not Adding up to Sun or son to sum The outcome Unknowable Perfect and Unavowed The same sound Unknown sum
'light which is not sum' —Norma Cole, Mars The workaround or aura Not like repetition
A Franc Sonic
for Jerry Estrin Snow covers The hills one by one Our neighborhood
A Franc Sonic
for Jerry Estrin
The hills one by one
San Francisco 1874
Words later language