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  • By Nick Mwaluko
    Aug 22, 2010
    The beauty of Kim Barke's poetry lives in her honesty, her use of metaphor and the depth of her relationships. This poet is unapologetic about her love of women without spoonfeeding her readers a scripted agenda. Her understanding of self is mysterious and relationships to science, flowers, the body are violent, transformative and therefore empowering. I look forward to more from this hugely talented, unique voice.
  • By camille kopecky
    Jul 22, 2010
    Barke's book is not for the lazy, which the previous two readers evidently were, at least to judge by their own incoherent grammar! Instead, What the Tide Brings offers a rich, dense stew of literary adventures, scenes from a variety of relationships and conceptual spaces, and experiments in various poetic modes. Unlike much contemporary poetry, this is really authentic writing that doesn't hide behind snideness, bogus use of SAT words, or unfelt allusion: instead, this is sincere but evocative, reminiscent at times of Rumi, at others of Adrienne Rich. I enjoy re-reading this book, and treasure it as one of my favorite contemporary poetry books. I look forward to reading more, because I sense that Barke has much more to say and write.
  • By Lauren Delaney
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Hard to Read" Discovered this by chance and was intrigued by the title. A few poems in, I knew I was perusing a literary trainwreck. Ripe with pretentious, sloppy-sapphic lines, the book's first poem foreshadows the absurdity on the tracks ahead... "and I will drink you as soup and feel you inside me" Good poetry should make a lasting impression. This has all been said before-- counltess times and in far more interesting ways. Your money would be better spent on a $10 bottle of chardonnay or a scented candle.
  • By Justin Shaw
    Oct 27, 2008
    "really?" What is this incoherent babble? It reads like a poorly phrased run-on sentence. Would anyone really waste $10 on this?
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Product Details

First Edition
Southport Island Press
December 2, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.27 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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