This Isabella Gardner Poetry Award-winning book-length poem is a medley of voices in dialogue with each otheroverheard, remembered, and internalthat 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.
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 ContentsTable 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