The Animal Gospels

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Tupelo Press, 2006 - Poetry - 76 pages
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Fearless and profound, these poems detonate across the landscape of the South at the end of the twentieth century. The author uses animals as mythic totems and contemplative signposts, compelling the reader to relive visceral memories of the enveloping poverty and racial brutality of the American South. The poet's steadfast faith in story and song illuminates and propels this astonishing lyrical narrative. Brian Barker has an Academy of American Poets prize and two Krakow Poetry Seminar fellowships. Currently, he is assistant director of the Center for Literary Arts at the University of Missouri and managing editor of the journal Center, His works have appeared in Poetry, Indiana Review, Sou'wester, Pleiades, and others. He lives in Columbia, Missouri.

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User Review  - Bobby - Goodreads

Animal Gospels captures the dark blue charm of the south with poems that cling like humidity. I regret that I read this book during winter; I will revist its passages under a tree in the summer. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gary McDowell - Goodreads

I want to stress: 3 stars is ABOVE average. This is a good book, just not a 4-star or above book... in my opinion. All these 3-star books are good, just not my favorites is all. The 2-star and 1-star ... Read full review

Contents

Flood i
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Elegy with a Mute Bell
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Still Life with Charlie Shorty
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Brian Barker holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason University, and University of Houston. Widely published in literary journals, he taught at the University of Houston and with Writers in the Schools. Now Assistant Director of The Center for the Literary Arts at the University of Missouri and managing editor of the journal Center, he livesin Columbia, Missouri .

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