Fables of naming whose
tensions are shifts in sounds and intentions and
whose paragraph planes may be heard as the advancing contours of one
narrative body. A theme of human habitation as dialogue with the life
outside it, as this dialogue occurs in language, the word's dialogue
the life of the word, the languages of others, and the mind of the
Plot and identity are continually encroached upon by that which they
exclude. In the tradition of Gertrude Stein, Einzig questions the
of names and studies the way "what happens" accrues out
of the possible
and the gradual.
Barbara Einzig is the author of Color (Membrane), Disappearing
(The Figures) and Robinson Crusoe (Membrane). She has also
Russian poetry and from Siberian oral traditions.
"Einzig treats language as a liquid, perhaps as an amber. She
is not as
interested in disfiguration as she is in the gaps between the words,
whispered voice.... Einzig attend to the landscape we are in with
and brilliant clarity."
--Joel Lewis, American Book Review
"The technique is gestural, impressionistic, even secretive;
compressed as the heart of a dark star. Einzig fiercely resists paraphrase
--Bill Bamberger, New Pages
"The writing is elegant. The dispersal of the narrative is
an important part
of the pleasure"
--Janet Gray, The Kindred Spirit
"The power of these poems is in the range of the associations
deliberate act of the mind, which is both her own doing & a signal
of a new
age of poets. The offerings of a tuned & generous mind."