by Barbara Crooker
Cascade Books, Eugene, Oregon
ISBN 13: 978-1-62032-940-5
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An Email Interview with BARBARA CROOKER by Caroline LeBlanc
First of all, you can’t go wrong going back and re-reading Rilke; I think he’s said many, many wise things about the writing journey. Second, here’s a dirty little secret: the struggle always continues. You never feel “good enough.” But here’s the thing, you have to keep trying. It’s a journey, not a destination.
GOLD: A Book Review by Caroline A LeBlanc
The poems in GOLD are meditations on matter and physical existence as our mortal vehicles for engaging eternal realities such love, loss, mourning and remembering. These lyrical, narrative poems navigate human loss without sentimentality or bitterness. The cycles of nature, the transience of physicality is at the same time a source of the poet’s suffering, joy, comfort, and poems. Crooker seamlessly weaves personal with archetypal perspectives, connecting disparate images into richly layered metaphors—most in free verse poems that read as comfortable narratives with easy, conversational rhythms.