Galway’s novel Black Light is available in a new edition with an afterword by Robert Hass.

“The writing is condensed, austere and effective . . .” –The Atlantic

“[Black Light] is poetic in its pared down language and precise sensuous imagery.” –Times Literary Supplement

Black Light shows that more poets should write novels… Running throughout the short novel is a landscape that feels both unforgiving and comforting that is mitigated by a quick moving and devastating tale of man trying to find peace in any form it will present itself in.”
Spectrum Culture

photo by Richard Brown (c)

How many nights must it take
one such as me to learn
that we aren’t, after all, made
from that bird that flies out of its ashes,
that for us
as we go up in flames, our one work
to open ourselves, to be
the flames?