Today's poem is "Rowing on Lake Mendota"
from Blue Earth

Iris Press

Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, and editor. Her books of poems are Wild With It (2002), a National Books Critics Circle Notable Book, Madly in Love (1997), Windows in Providence (1981), and The Real Tin Flower (which was introduced by Anne Sexton and was published in 1968, when she was twelve years old). She edited A Book of Women Poets from Antiquity to Now (1980; second edition, 1992), The Calvinist Roots of the Modern Era (1997), The Shambhala Anthology of Women's Spiritual Poetry (1999; 2003), and she introduced and wrote the readers’ notes for H.D.’s Trilogy (1997). She has recorded a collaborative CD with musician Frank Haney. Her translation of C.P. Cavafy’s collected poems and a study of the development of Emily Dickinson’s poetry are forthcoming. Barnstone currently teaches in the Creative Writing International Program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

About Blue Earth:

"It's a lucky and wondrous gift to us that Aliki Barnstone plays so much world on her finely tuned poetic instrument. These poems scintillate with beauty, accuracy, and adventure."
—Andrei Codrescu

"Blue Earth reads like a picaresque novel. The poems take us from the exotic locals of Tibet and Greece to the more familiar landscapes of America. It is a journey of precision and grace that transports the reader 'into some clear, unexpected blue place.'"
—Cathy Smith Bowers

" It’s both a delight and a pleasure in this vast American poetic landscape to read a poet as breath-taking and luminous as Aliki Barnstone. In this new book, Blue Earth, she gives us the best of herself, her voice, and she writes as if possessed by the language of angels. The voice in these gorgeous poems is mature, wise, and radiant in the way it strives for the universal connections to place and hearth. I think clearly she sets out to create a new type of landscape and journey in these poems, and she accomplishes both in stanzas that are at once self-revelatory and also elegant with rhythm and nuance. There’s a richness here that is meant to be savored, like the best of life, over and over again. Aliki Barnstone is a poet of worldly substance and great love. She’s doing the work of sustenance that keeps many of us in love and well-nourished."
—Virgil Suárez

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