Innumerable Moons is series of poems which chronicle 6 years with the author’s beloved Tom, an Alzheimer’s victim. While the story the book tells has no happy ending, many of those six years were happy in a variety of ways. And there were happy moments right up to the moment Tom had to be taken to a care facility, as well as warm memories the author takes pleasure in helping Tom recall. Artist Peter Bruun, currently best known for the New Day Projects he has initiated in memory of his daughter, who died of a drug overdose, has created the cover and interior full-color illustrations for the book.
Clarinda Harriss, poet and fiction writer, is a professor emerita of English at Towson University near Baltimore, MD. The author of 9 published books, she has been the editor/director of BrickHouse Books, Inc., a nonprofit, Maryland’s oldest literary press. She continues her decades of work with prison writers.
She is very close to her children and grandchildren even though they tend to migrate all over the globe.
Though about her love Tom’s Alzheimer’s, Clarinda Harris’ Innumerable Moons is also a book of wonders. The disease is terrible. But often, amidst the pain of it, amazement at something like the grace in things remains: moon, birds, planes, an image caused by “a stalk of light” through a blue glass of water of a stained glass window shimmering on a deck. Though Tom is entering “memory’s cave,” Harriss’ book celebrates their lives together, present and past, while never ignoring all that is being taken from them. These poems are devoted to the world as attentively as praying can sometimes be as, for example, when their house feels for a moment like a “hundred-year-old ship rocking on the swells of the wide wet world as it flowed around the sun.” Unflinchingly plain spoken at times, Innumerable Moons is a piercingly lyric book, gifted by the way the world still offers its marvels in the midst of great loss.
--Peter Weltner, author of THE LIGHT OF THE SUN BECOME SEA