Poetry. 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 reveal the death of the body and the heart's passage through loss and grief, anger and confusion, forgiveness and devotion. These poems are very up-close, chiseled, and go against sentimentality by staying with details and particulars. Although the end is known from the beginning, readers will be affected by such an honest and suspenseful journey.
Barbara Blatner is a poet, playwright, composer and musician. She lives in northern Manhattan with her husband and two cats, and teaches in the English Department at Yeshiva University. LIVING WITH YOU (NYQ Books, 2011) is her second full-length collection of poems. THE STILL POSTIION, a verse memoir of my mother's death, was published by NYQ Books in 2010. She is also the author of the poetry chapbook, The Pope in Space (Intertext Press, 1984). Barbara's verse play No Star Shines Sharper (Baker's Plays, 1991) was produced for radio and aired repeatedly on National Public Radio stations. Her plays have been produced in New York, Boston and Cleveland; her full- length script, Years of Sky, about a biracial couple who witness JFK's assassination, will be produced in 2012 by Scripts Up! She has written musical scores for theatre, including the Boston Shakespeare Company and New Theatre, and songs for the Boston-based fusion group Urban Myth with whom she played keyboards for five years. Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA