The Black Beach: Poems

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-04-30
  • Publisher: Texas A & M Univ Pr
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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.

Author Biography

J. T. Barbarese teaches at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in Philadelphia.

Table of Contents

Walk your body downp. 3
Duringp. 4
Onwardp. 5
Memorial Dayp. 6
Teaching the sliderp. 7
Trying to be penitentp. 9
Politicsp. 11
On the 7-something to Penn Stationp. 12
Today on sports radio WIPp. 13
Paper, scissors, rockp. 14
The prophetp. 15
Elegyp. 16
Close call in Valley Greenp. 17
The mermanp. 18
Number 99, Brian Santorop. 19
Spinozap. 20
The onesp. 21
Poem in a time of infinite justicep. 22
The leaf on the floorp. 24
Sea-wrack religionp. 29
Thisp. 31
Pityp. 32
Poem to my daughter on her eighteenth birthdayp. 34
Vision in the Flourtown Mall, Saturdayp. 35
The lost beatitudesp. 37
Carapacep. 39
Suddenlyp. 40
Holding my face to my son's tee-shirtp. 41
Hearing Roy Orbison on the tape loop at Starbucksp. 42
Three prayers : cantico del solp. 43
Three prayers : gloriap. 43
Three prayers : act of contritionp. 44
Dream-talking with General Massoudp. 47
Joyp. 48
The landscape wants to be understood slowlyp. 49
A noise of crowsp. 50
Cities of Godp. 51
Anisettep. 52
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