Today's poem is "Lullaby (with Exit Sign)"
from Lullaby (with Exit Sign)

Saturnalia Books

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight (Margie/IntuiT House, 2007), which was awarded the Margie Book Prize. Her chapbook, Show Me Yours (Laurel Review/GreenTower Press, 2010), was awarded the Midwest Poets Series Award. She is also co-author, with Michelle Boisseau, of Writing Poems (8th edition) (Prentice Hall, 2011). Her awards include fellowships from The Vermont Studio Center and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and lives in Kansas City with her husband, Scott George Beattie, a furniture maker and visual artist.

Other poems by Hadara Bar-Nadav in Verse Daily:
November 13, 2012:   "My Wife in All Things" "My wife the sun. A chiffon dress lit with poppies and devilish hearts. Buttershine on..."

Books by Hadara Bar-Nadav:

Other poems on the web by Hadara Bar-Nadav:
Three poems
Three poems
Two poems
Four poems
"Family of Strangers"
Two poems
"The Last Gesture"
"Organizing Principle"
"Café with Faceless Man"

Hadara Bar-Nadav's Website.

About Lullaby (with Exit Sign):

"Dazzling, sorrowful, part elegy, part call and response between Bar-Nadav and Emily Dickinson, ('We ... walked into the world across a woman's lips'), this grand third book is a scrupulously crafted, brilliantly conceived sequence of poems. An essential and ravishing work."
—Lynn Emanuel

"In four sequences of sonically brilliant poems, Bar-Nadav meditates on the mortality of parents, the betrayal of the flesh, our partial salvation through artistic creation, and the many ways the dead and passing continue to live on in our perceptions of the world. Emily Dickinson's voids and echo chambers inhabit this book-phrases from her poems are strung like silver threads through it-but these musically astonishing, restless, often terrifying poems are entirely Bar-Nadav's. 'To be alive is to be Haunted; to be dead is to haunt,' she writes. 'Who calls your name? We do. Who speaks from your mouth? We do. Father, mother, daughter, we do. A seat for you at our table.' This is an invigorating, deeply moving book by one of the truly memorable poets of my generation."
—Kevin Prufer

"These poems move as if in and out of dreams-eerie pilgrimages, a mind pondering the imponderable. Written in spare but highly musical lines, Lullaby (with Exit Sign) is an important new collection."
—Laura Kasischke

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