A sequence in verse
and prose in which the spaces of the Mississippi and New
York City yield a rich counterpoint.
Born in North Carolina, Barbara Guest grew up in California where
she now lives,
after many years in New York City. She has long been noted as an important
American writer and member of the original "New York School"
of poets. In 1999
she received the Frost-Medal for Lifetime Achievement from the Poetry
of America. Recent books include Fair Realism (Sun & Moon,
Prize), Selected Poems (Sun & Moon, America Award) and
Rocks on a Platter
"The Mississippi in verse and prose. "And quite a trip ...
They move on from her
earlier poems, more expansively, allowing the broadest field for her
most visual logic"
--Eileen Myles, Poetry Project Newsletter
"vibrant images, of both the eye and the
mind, images that inherit from H.D.,
perhaps, but also from her painter's eye, from Dadaism, Surrealism
resulting lyricism of the images in the mind"
--Small Press Review
"Guest's is an art of limpid evocation and darkening implication,
music of spaces and silences that seems to be carved or spun from
feel for tonality, an inside sense of life's descending passage through
time ... This
consummate poet's craft mimes the tenuous, evanescent sense of shimmer
mirage that life's splintered transparencies present us with its mysterious
--Tom Clark, San Francisco Chronicle
"The work burns strange messages into our
consciousness. It makes us recognize
that poetry can be the essential document to the condition of our
--Rochelle Owens, American Book Review