Bye-Bye Land

Bye-Bye Land

by Christian Barter


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This Isabella Gardner Poetry Award-winning book-length poem is a medley of voices in dialogue with each other—overheard, remembered, and internal—that represents a mind at work as it considers the destructiveness of human nature, the hypocrisy and artifice of the American dream. Voices from personal conversations, political speeches, Guantanamo detainees, news reports, and famous poets fill these pages, ultimately capturing a world of disrupted beauty and unrealized potential.

Christian Barter is the author of two previous poetry collections: In Someone Else’s House and The Singers I Prefer. Living in Bar Harbor, ME, he is the centennial Poet Laureate of Acadia National Park.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781942683353
Publisher: BOA Editions, Ltd.
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Series: American Poets Continuum Series
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Christian Barter’s first book of poems, The Singers I Prefer, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize, and his second collection, In Someone Else’s House, was the winner of a 2014 Maine Literary Award. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, Georgia Review, North American Review, The American Scholar, and other magazines, and has been featured on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, The PBS Newshour, and The Writer’s Almanac. He has received residency fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, and he was a Hodder Fellow in Creative Writing at Princeton University. He is a supervisor of the trail crew at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine, where he is currently serving as Poet Laureate of Acadia.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Warm Land

Part 2: The Meaning of Being Numerous

Part 3: And All the Lives to Be

Part 4: Secret Evidence

Part 5: The Print of the Nails or The Rest Is Silence

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