Barbara Blatner

No Star Shines Sharper

Published by Baker's Plays, 1991.
Produced for radio by Public Media Foundation/​New Voices, 1992.
Broadcast on Christmas night, National Public Radio stations, 1992, 1993.
Acquired by the Museum of TV and Radio, New York, NY, 1996.

Flowers ripen at my window
in these mornings of long skies,
evenings fold with the sun,
and somewhere in the distance
the ocean sways its amber hem
toward me and away.
Over the desert, footprints mark
the sand and recede,
deleted by rain and wind.
Travelers appear and recede,
then the wind straightens the sand
and I see nothing for miles.
Everything indelible here,
everything written,
is unwritten,
as night breaches on the land
with its dark waters,
as everything changes
and remains the same around me.
Only I do not change,
I am the steady ember in these flares
of burning and remaking
desert and air.

Selected Works

Years of Sky tells of the doomed but enduring love between David, black, and Stace, white, whose relationship is bound to both Kennedy assassinations and thirty years of American politics.
Living with You traces in lyrical, abstract verse, reminiscent of George Oppen and other poets in that tradition, the first years of the poet's married life. Barbara Blatner's work possesses great power and great stillness. It is quiet but passionate, and the sense I have is that the processes she describes go on forever: "so we come back to / the old / the new // like the cats / in circle of[…]" She is very much a necessary poet in these loud and selfish times. —Mac Wellman New York Quarterly Books, 2012
A poetry chapbook
Poetry, memoir
A verse memoir of my mother's death
Verse play
A verse play for Epiphany

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