Given Away

Given Away

by Jennifer Barber
     
 

Poetry. Jennifer Barber's GIVEN AWAY views the contemporary world through the lens of Biblical psalms, the natural world, medieval history, and spiritual dimensions of lightness and darkness. The poems here travel from cities in Southern Spain to rural New England. Her lyrical meditations on the soul illuminate the process of searching for a self that may already

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Poetry. Jennifer Barber's GIVEN AWAY views the contemporary world through the lens of Biblical psalms, the natural world, medieval history, and spiritual dimensions of lightness and darkness. The poems here travel from cities in Southern Spain to rural New England. Her lyrical meditations on the soul illuminate the process of searching for a self that may already be "given away" in the smallest of moments, like "light slanting through the trees."

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“Jennifer Barber’s poems are small, deft psalms, large in spiritual scope. She celebrates elementals: water and salt, darkness and light, silence and utterance, in an art of delicacy, quiet, and precision.”  —Rosanna Warren, author, Ghost in a Red Hat

“Jennifer Barber’s perceptions are so specific and surprising in these beautiful and rigorous poems, her diction and music so pure, her rhetoric so without excess or self-congratulations that her discipline as an artist seems supernatural. Stunning verbal artifacts, human in scale, are made vast, spiritualized by their implications.”  —Vijay Seshadri, author, The Long Meadow

“The speaker of these poems exists in a state of longing that resembles prayer. She announces that this is ‘the first day of the world’ and we know we are in divine presence.”  —Pam Bernard, author, The Blood Garden

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781888553567
Publisher:
Kore Press
Publication date:
10/01/2012
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Jennifer Barber attended Colby College in Maine and studied medieval literature in England as a Rhodes Scholar. She received her MFA from Columbia University. A selection of her work appears in the anthology Take Three: 3, Agni New Poets Series (Graywolf Press, 1998); a selection also appears in the anthology Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books, 2001). She has also had poems in Partisan Review, Harvard Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Massachusetts Review, Poetry, and The Journal.

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