Cover Image for Winter Constellations
  • Series: Modern & Contemporary 06
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-916272-05-0
  • ISBN-10: 0-916272-05-2
  • Pages: 50
  • Size: 6 x 8.5 x .25 in
  • Price: $9.95

Winter Constellations

Richard Blessing

David Wagoner states in the introduction to this book, “Richard Blessing is a very gifted, deeply thoughtful, and increasingly skillful poet whose most apparent qualities are a firm control of diction, a rare ability to sing, a sense of humor which he sustains even in front of mirrors, and a persuasive amiability of tone and voice.”


The full text of Richard Blessing’s Winter Constellations is stored at Albertson Library at Boise State University, and can be downloaded here. You may also purchase a copy of the book.

from “Lines for Her Leaving”


Say she leaves you.

A thousand days and pain

is second-hand,

sentimental almost,

a father’s grieving

for a child’s lost ball.

Next the nostalgias,

the house where you grew up,

that sort of thing,

sadnesses sweet as birds

filling November’s empty trees.

One day you’ll wake up peaceful,

like a tiny village

with a famous cemetery.

It is winter. The tourists

have all gone home.

When you learn the language

you will find

there is no word there

that says her name.


Copyright © 1977 by Richard Blessing

A remembrance of Richard Blessing by Richard Rapport appears at the Poetry Foundation website..