Today's poem is "Heart"
from The New Nudity

Saturnalia Books

Hadara Bar-Nadav is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Society of America. Her award-winning books of poetry include Lullaby (with Exit Sign), The Frame Called Ruin, and A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, as well as the chapbooks Fountain and Furnace and Show Me Yours. In addition, she is co-author of the best-selling textbook Writing Poems, 8th ed. She is a Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Other poems by Hadara Bar-Nadav in Verse Daily:
December 9, 2015:   "Sugar" "Secret boxes..."
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:
"Dress (Aurora Borealis)"
Two poems
Four poems
Two poems
Three poems
Three poems
Three poems
Two poems
Four poems
"Family of Strangers"
Two poems
"The Last Gesture"
"Organizing Principle"
"Cafe with Faceless Man"

Hadara Bar-Nadav's Website.

About The New Nudity:

"The New Nudity gives voice to the souls of objects. In these dark, spoken still lives, personification becomes a kind of conjuring, a mystical art rife with nuance. A swan is "death dressed/in snow:' A door admits, "If you look under my skirt, you'll see/the darkness of another world:' The spine is a "bone ruffle:' Bar-Nadav's powers of description are prodigious and spooky. In images as disquieting and reverberant as ancient riddles, Bar-Nadav marries the monstrous and the illuminating, the solid and the ethereal, reflecting harrowing and beautiful facets of our dissolving world."
—Amy Gerstler

"Hadara Bar-Nadav studies everyday objects and builds figurative assemblages that are unbearably beautiful and believable. Like a contemporary Francis Ponge (The Voice of Things), she presents a tour de force on materiality-door, ladder, sugar, swan, oven, bridge, and lung, for a sampling. Using the poetic sleight-of-hand of harrowingly brief lines, she exponentially explodes the simplest object into myth and history. Her stripped down images-is this the new nudity she refers to?-create uncommonly explosive, intense poems."
—Jane Miller

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