In Don Barkin's first full-length poetry collection, That Dark Lake, there is terror and despair but also underlying faith and hope, as in the work of a poet often echoed here: Robert Frost. And like Frost's, Barkin's verse has a fierce formality that connects it to the very tradition with which its fresh and modern voice does battle. There is enormous honesty and an unrelenting refusal to provide easy answers in these poems. You will not emerge from them unscathed, but you will emerge much enriched. The editors of many of the country's finest journals would agree, having often featured Don Barkin's work on their pages.
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Don Barkin has published poems in Poetry, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, the North American Review, Harvard Magazine, The Louisville Review, Verse, and other journals. He is the author of two poetry chapbooks and has twice been awarded grants by the State of Connecticut. He was educated at Harvard College and Cambridge University. A former newspaper reporter, he is currently a high school English teacher. He has also taught writing seminars at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, and on-line for a consortium of Oxford, Yale, and Stanford Universities. Barkin lives with his wife, Maggie, and his daughter, Eve, in New Haven, Connecticut.Review:
Don Barkin's poems are memorable, unsettling, and welcome. They offer us "an ancient shadowed ache" and a canny clarity; they offer straightforward honesty and deft, surprising turns of insight and image. That Dark Lake is a book that can touch the heart and evoke wry recognition in the same moment. --Margaret Gibson
I like Barkin's poems very well; the words are alive, the voice is genuine, and there's a great deal of human insight in them. --Richard Wilbur
Don Barkin's The Caretakers is filled with precise and vivid language. His acute awareness of detail results in poems of astounding power and scope. --Leah Maines, Senior Editor at Finishing Line Press
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Book Description Antrim House, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M098178836X
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