Barbara Blatner

Works

Years of Sky
Full-length play



The Still Position
The Still Position chronicles the last days of life of the poet's difficult but cherished mother. Set in upstate New York among deer and hawks under a stone-scarred mountain, these poems witness the death of the body and the heart's passage through loss and grief, anger and confusion, forgiveness and devotion.

New York Quarterly Books, 2010

No Star Shines Sharper
No Star Shines Sharper re-imagines and secularizes the story of Jesus' birth in intersecting monologues by Mary and one of the three Kings. Mary suddenly finds that life is beyond her conscious control. The King's dilemma -- his urge to define himself by his enemies -- is resolved when he finds no enemy to fight against.

Baker's Plays, 1991

The Pope in Space
Poems.

"A musical energy and a vision powerfully inherent in the language set these poems in motion."
--Martin Nakell

"Her poems are always fresh and sharp as a razor: you know you have been cut, and you are never sure where or how."
--Don Byrd

Intertext Press, 1986

Selected Works

Drama
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.
Poetry
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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