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The Black Beach (Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry #12)

J. T. Barbarese


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Winner of the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, 2004.

The poems of The Black Beach describe everyday acts like putting children to bed, coaching Little League, and sending a daughter to school, but brood over what may be behind the everyday and how to reach it and talk to it. Faith ebbs and flows like the tide on a “black beach of heaven,” while these poems maintain skepticism, denying transcendence beyond what is available through love, the senses, and experience. Number Twelve: Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry

University of North Texas Press, 9781574411881, 64pp.

Publication Date: April 19, 2005

About the Author

J. T. Barbarese has been widely published in journals and magazines as varied as and The New York Times. He is the author of two books of poems in the University of Georgia Press’s Contemporary Poets Series, and the translator of Euripides’s Children of Herakles for the University of Pennsylvania Press. His degrees are from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Temple University. He teaches at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Philadelphia.