Door in the Wall: Poems by Gerald McCarthy

Door in the Wall: Poems by Gerald McCarthy

NY: Spuyten Durvil, 2019

ISBN 978-1-949966-64-0]

In this deeply moving collection, Gerald McCarthy reminds us that those who have passed through the door into war and managed to return, remain haunted by survivor guilt. In “The Tear.* he writes …and now all these ghosts/return, sewn onto a shoulder/like stars/or a chevron,/a bridge you cannot remove.” How much of that full sorrow should a father share with his sons? Is that even possible, were he to try? Profound questions trouble these walks along the Susquehanna, with an astonishingly breakthrough poem “Fragments from Varysburg” in the Appendix.