Some Glad Morning: Poems
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About the Author
Barbara Crooker is the author of eight books of poetry, including Les Fauves and The Book of Kells. Her first book, Radiance, won the 2005 Word Press First Book Award and was finalist for the 2006 Paterson Poetry Prize; Line Dance, her second book, won the 2009 Paterson Award for Excellence in Literature. Crooker is a poetry editor for Italian Americana and has received a number of awards, including the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.
--Edward Byrne, editor, Valparaiso Poetry Review
"'Darkness / will not overtake us, ' insists Barbara Crooker, who writes poems of deep happiness. How untrendy! one might say. Where's the political? Where's grief? They're here too, underpinning these poems, but not allowed governance. 'O / day! You are the antidote / to the bitter news of the world.' If we have only one life, better to enjoy each glad morning, and some evenings too: 'So let me lean back in this red Adirondack / chair as dusk makes us all equal, happy for the blend / of herbs and gin, pure sapphire, the dividend of olive / at the end.' Like Edward Hopper, one of the artists whose work Crooker inhabits in these pages, her 'subject is light, ' interior as well as exterior, and the birds and trees and humans who revel in it." --Michael Waters
"Barbara Crooker's poems invite us into her garden, into castles and museums, into the rich complexity of life. Using language full of passion and metaphor, Crooker paints each line, like an artist, with precision and beauty. She celebrates even the smallest moment showing us that time is slippery as a silver fish. Cheers to Crooker's dry martinis, to her wit and wisdom, to this remarkable collection."
--Carol Was, poetry editor, The MacGuffin
"Crooker gives us permission to take pleasure in the world even when we feel there is no time or energy for such luxuries as gratitude and joy."