I will be reading with three emerging writers and poet Dana Ward this FRIDAY, APRIL 16 at 7 PM at KGB Bar, located at 85 E 4th St, New York. If you’re up for spending an evening with whiskey-fueled MFA students, please stop by and/or buy me a shot because it is the right thing to do.
“The Mark My Body Draws In Light often speaks directly to you. “You are speaking with your fingertips,” “Your tired brain floats above you,” “you have quarters for a song…” The wonderful poems of Madeleine Barnes are lyrics, epistles, and prayers that, in addressing you, welcome you into her capacious heart. You become a lover, an eavesdropper, a friend, you become both the wounded and the one who wounds. These poems display miraculous intimacy and compassion. “Throw your voice into this valley and it comes back a mountain,” Barnes writes. “You’ve done nothing unforgivable, say it. Transform many times.” – TERRANCE HAYES
“This debut collection exudes the confidence and nuance–the craft–of a veteran poet. The quiet passion and intimate grace of these poems plant us firmly in the physical world as one remarkable image after another blossoms around us. Exquisite. Lush. Big poems about smallness–everything we don’t notice, but should. Their evocative furious dreaming flashes across the pages liked the arced lightning of the heart.”
– JIM DANIELS