"The Cobweb" appears in Raymond Carver's 1986 collection of poems, Ultramarine, for which he received Poetry magazine's Levinson Award. The title of the collection comes from the book's epigraph, lines from Irish poet Derek Mahon's poem, "Mt. Gabriel," included in his collection, Antarctica:
Sick with exile, they yearn homeward now,
Turned to the ultramarine, first-star-pierced dark
Reflected on the dark, incoming waves.
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