Barbara Ras & Anne Marie Macari
Now that daylight is upon us in this part of the world, this becomes a late afternoon reading, and a welcome one at that, as it virtually brings poets Barbara Ras and Anne Marie Macari here for a reading with a heavenly aspect. For many years, a highly regarded publisher, most recently as director Trinity University Press, Barbara Ras has along the way been writing and publishing poetry. Her books include the Walt Whitman- and Kate Tufts Discovery Award-winning Bite Every Sorrow, One Hidden Stuff, and The Last Skin, she is here today with her newest, The Blues of Heaven (University of Pittsburgh Press).
“The sweet and dark weight of being has never been more capably measured than in The Blues of Heaven. In poems about personal and national griefs, about the world at hand and the world that must be journeyed to, and about the creatures of creation and the tender, creatural self, Barbara Ras engages in acts of vision, ecstasy, and conscience. As the speaker in one poem declares, “I will work in fields of fire.” And true, in the midst of a period in our human history that has been nearly unendurable, Ras has given us a book of extraordinary shining.” - Rick Barot.
Anne Marie Macari, based in New York, is the author of five collections of poetry, including Red Deer, She Heads Into the Wilderness, and, Ivory Castle, which won the APR/Honickman first book prize. She will be reading from her newest, Heaven Beneath (Persea).
“This is a book of witness and gathering. A book of mourning and wonder. A book that has its hands reaching out to you, and its soul reaching into the earth.” —Ross Gay.
“Rare in contemporary poetry, the lyric of supplication encounters acute location and mesmerizing eroticism…” —Judith Vollmer.