Today's poem is "People in History"
from In Someone Else's House

BkMk Press

Christian Barter's first book, The Singers I Prefer (CavanKerry Press, 2005), was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His poetry has appeared in Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, The American Scholar, and elsewhere, and it has been featured on Verse Daily and Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. He has received residency fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and a Hodder Fellowship in Creative Writing at Princeton University. He is an editor at the Beloit Poetry Journal and supervises a trail crew in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Other poems by Christian Barter in Verse Daily:
May 30, 2006:   "Providence" " That painting is a map..."

Books by Christian Barter:

Other poems on the web by Christian Barter:
Forty poems
Two poems
from Bye-Bye Land

About In Someone Else's House:

"What a good poet Christian Barter is, whose poems make you believe—a difficult artistic feat—that poetry is an utterly natural act. Reading them is like being handed a set of x-rays in the doctor’s office; you look at them, dumbfounded at how familiar these blurry shapes are—'Oh yes,' you think, 'that is my youth, that is my brain, those are my dreams, that is my heart—'"
—Tony Hoagland

"These poems come from a poet firmly in the middle of his life, and speaking with such authority they place us in the middle of ours, with all of our moral and emotional complexities. In music that is sometimes classical, sometimes a verbal bebop of speed and virtuosity, Christian Barter’s fine intelligence probes the nature of beauty and love, while remaining grounded in daily experience. Happiness and despair, regret and affirmation, loss and wisdom continually morph, one into the other. As if describing his own methods, Barter speaks of “one thought becoming the next by music and dream,” and that describes the beauty of this book, its improvisational perfection, its refusal, despite all evidence to the contrary, to give up on its loves."
—Betsy Sholl

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