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Barbara gives an overview of the book:

Lyrical, yet compact poems that explore religion, memory, the built environment and the natural world. "Her sharply etched images open us up to new perceptions and feelings as fine and deep as any might ever hope for." Jewelle Gomez
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Lyrical, yet compact poems that explore religion, memory, the built environment and the natural world.

"Her sharply etched images open us up to new perceptions and feelings as fine and deep as any might ever hope for."

Jewelle Gomez

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ITS FAIR TO SAY I HAVE BEEN INFLUENCED BY EVERY BOOK I HAVE EVER LOVED. WHICH MEANS OF COURSE THAT THE LIST IS HUGE AND I AM ALWAYS PARING DOWN IN MY POEMS--AIMING FOR THE MOST COMPACT WAY OF NAMING. NOT ALL OF MY FAVORITE WRITERS ARE COMPACT. AMONG MY ALL-TIME FAVORITES----AMY CLAMPITT, MILLAY, YEATS, EAVAN BOLAND, WILLIAM TREVOR, AUGUST KLEINZAHLER, FREDERICK SEIDEL, JANE HIRSHFIELD, NORMAN MAILER, JEWELLE GOMEZ, ROBERT ALTER, DONALD HALL AND HELEN VENDLER AS CRITICS. THOMAS MERTON. KADDISH BY LEON WIESELTIER. MARJORIE WILLIAMS. JOAN DIDION'S NON-FICTION. JAMES BALDWIN. GEORGE ELIOT. WILLIAM BLAKE. KATE O'BRIEN CHARLES SIMIC'S POETRY AND PROSE. SUSAN AND NEIL SHEEHAN. THE GATES OF THE FOREST BY ELIE WEISEL. THERESA OF AVILA. YEATS THOOM GUNN, LEWIS HYDE, MY DEAR FRIEND PAUL GENEGA.......SO MANY OTHERS....

About Barbara

Barbara Berman organized one of the first independent book festivals, in 1979, in Washington, D. C. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Village Voice, Outlook and Style of The Washington Post, The Washingtonian, The San Francisco Examiner, The San Francisco Chronicle,...

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Member Reviews

aberjhani's picture
Jul.30.2009
I first came across the name Barbara Berman when I heard about the 100 POETS AGAINST THE WAR project, though I'm aware that many others are familiar...