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Sting and Nest publication

March 4, 2011

Praise for “Sting and Nest”

“Barbara Rockman sees the world as cornucopic with metaphor. But, like Dickinson, she finds those metaphors close to home, whether in the vivid and ongoing presence of her childhood, the complicated pleasures of family life, or the succulence of the natural world just beyond the kitchen door. Not every poet can make tasks such as hanging laundry resonate with both metaphysical insight and sensual pleasure. Rockman can. And does, in poems that, line by line, offer the kind of memorable images, surprising thought-shifts, and lyrical insights that we expect from the best of our poets. Sting and Nest is a wild blessing of a book, and it is hard to believe it is the poet’s first.”

—Clare Rossini, winner of the Akron Poetry Prize, author of Winter Morning With Crow and Lingo

“Barbara Rockman writes a deft sort of lyric that is compressed, compassionate, and unsentimental. Her subject is the ebb and fl ow of domestic life, but there is nothing familiar or conventional about her approach. Above all, she has the capacity to wrest celebration from our failings, sorrows, and confusions, to find those moments when, as she puts it in her closing poem, “the hope-broken sky [grows] radiant.”

—David Wojahn, Pulitzer Prize finalist, author of Late Empire and Spirit Cabinet

Barbara Rockman grew up in western Massachusetts. She is co-editor of the anthology Women Becoming Poems. Her poems have been recognized with the Baskerville Publishers’ Award, the New Mexico Discovery Award, the Southwest Writers Poetry Prize, and The MacGuffin National Poet Hunt. She received her M.Ed. from Antioch New
England, and her M.F.A. in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Barbara teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College, and in private workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Softcover, 6 by 9 inches, 103 pages, ISBN 978-0-86534-807-3, $16.95

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