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J. Barrett gives an overview of the book:

"Your poetry is an open artery that bleeds out love, hope, sorrow and truths rarely told with such honest abandon - the kind that makes my own pages turn while touching the scars of your past as if they were my own. And as different as we are, your Muse and my Muse become one when I read your poems. Thank you for so generously sharing your passionate spirit in this beautiful collection which I found to be Muse food of the very best kind. Poetry every poet should read. Caviar for the mind!"— Maria R. Palacios, Author of ‘The Female King,’ Publisher of Atahualpa Press In a world that prefers neat labels, J. Barrett Wolf has given us a collection that does not fit into a box. From distant shores to local dives to lovers’ beds, the poetry here takes unexpected turns on every page. It is serious as life and death, as vulnerable as a single touch. — Andrei...
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"Your poetry is an open artery that bleeds out love, hope, sorrow and truths rarely told with such honest abandon - the kind that makes my own pages turn while touching the scars of your past as if they were my own. And as different as we are, your Muse and my Muse become one when I read your poems. Thank you for so generously sharing your passionate spirit in this beautiful collection which I found to be Muse food of the very best kind. Poetry every poet should read. Caviar for the mind!"
— Maria R. Palacios, Author of ‘The Female King,’ Publisher of Atahualpa Press

In a world that prefers neat labels, J. Barrett Wolf has given us a collection that does not fit into a box. From distant shores to local dives to lovers’ beds, the poetry here takes unexpected turns on every page. It is serious as life and death, as vulnerable as a single touch. — Andrei Gurianu, Broome County, NY Poet Laureate 2008-2010

J. Barrett Wolf is a magnificent wordsmith whose robust language leaves the reader with the experience of a life fully lived. He paints the striking visuals of his view of self and world in his quirky humor, ironic wit, and tales of what he has discovered through his adventurous spirit and a very human heart. — Poet V. Ruth Braswell, President, Limestone Dust Poetry Festival, Huntsville, AL

Just listened to "For Ginger, Who Knew". Now, I'm too intimidated to respond. Pure awesomeness. — Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess.com

There is no wasted motion here, and J. Barrett Wolf can go from 0 to 60 in the space of a stanza. The poems of J. Barrett Wolf turn on a dime, show the full virtues of wit and economy of image. He does not waste words; he makes them purr (and growl). — Professor Joseph Weil, English Department, Binghamton University

Wow. Wow. Wow. (and for the record, I don't 'wow' lightly) Good grief, [If You Kissed Me] is absolutely exquisite! From your glorious opening forward, you had this reader utterly rapt. There are so many wonderful lines in this piece, I don't even know where to begin. Everything - from tone and essence, to structure and word choice - is dead on here. This is nothing short of a remarkable accomplishment. — C. A. Cole

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I would kiss the moon from your back Into the sky Release the stars from your eyes Into the night Brush fall wind hair across your cheek Revel in the healing goddess Reaching out To me. — from 'Dessert' === Your skin is translucent, like fine china I can see just far enough to discern your names, To feel the spear-tip anger that built your fortress. — from 'Prettier' == We are a long history Scrolls begged, borrowed or stolen by the Ptolemies. Codex hidden during the Dark Ages Volumes kept from tyrants and book burners even to this very day, this very moment. We protect and revere the word Honoring a wealth that far exceeds anything dreamt of by a thousand years of Pirate Kings. — from 'Library' I wish I were prettier.

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About J. Barrett

J. Barrett Wolf has been a writer for over forty years. After decades of honing his writing skills and working in fields as far ranging as singer-songwriter, carpenter, computer salesman and police officer, he was chosen one of eight poets on the Connecticut Touring Artists...

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Author's Publishing Notes

Published on recycled paper