NC Literary Hall of Fame



Hats Off! to Tina Barr whose new collection of poems, Green Target (Barrow Street Press), was reviewed in the Washington Independent Review of Books. "Barr is inspired, every page, and fearless. For example, in 'Ghost Variations' (on a painting by Joyce Thornburg), we get horrific examples of death and decay but written as if poetry is to fulfill a purpose that cannot be organized. Instead, it must be a force that brings emotion. Perhaps this can come from vivid writing. Perhaps, also, not all dreams are good dreams and not all art is pretty. Whatever the resolve of language, Barr does not shirk from its rescue. There are also moments of illness where the body is betrayed—a mother who must be put in diapers, a “bulb” under the tongue, chronic fatigue syndrome turns into a Blakean poem infectious with imagery. Barr makes words soulful, and her dreams happen using every element of nature touched with human endeavor—every grass, every butterfly is named to showcase the wild theater of her imagination."


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