A metamorphosis occurs among the prose poems of Eric Baus’ collection, Scared Text, winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. We are the audience, the spectators, but also part of the scene as we remember change in our own lives and how it felt for us.
Arlene Kim’s book details a crisis of the spirit: moving from country to country, the spirit still needs the family for support, but also needs itself to remain strong and resilient. In these poems, it is the family and the sense of the past that keep the spirit strong.
I love a poem that understands me. Most of the time, when I’m not reading poetry to inspire my own work, I read it as a reminder to appreciate the world, or some small space within it. Some days, I don’t want that.
Julie Brooks Barbour is the author of the chapbook, Come To Me and Drink (Finishing Line Press, 2012). Her poems have appeared in UCity Review, Waccamaw, Kestrel, Diode, and Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems.