Fiction. Poetry. In A SWIFT PASSAGE, Barbara Henning celebrates the ongoing life force and transformation as we seek freedom, clarity, confusion and confinement, and everything in between. The pace of life moves us so quickly and with such an urgency to get somewhere in particular and then we circle around and return to where we started, but it's never exactly the same. Henning's stories and poems blur the lines between fiction and autobiography, prose and poetry. The narrator, and her characters, try to tell the truth and then examine how that truth then tells them. Ultimately, narrator and characters question whether what's told is the truth. There are stories and poems about moments of sunlight and violence, biking in the desert, war, child abuse, the BP oil disaster, water pollution, New York City streets, un-health care in the USA, Tompkins Square Park, writers, driving, Halliburton, government contracts, yoga, divorce, flowers, moving shadows, smuggling, picking raspberries in the wilderness. These works are maximalist in that they intersect with Henning's daily life in New York City and on the road driving across country. Our conscious minds hold memory and experience, the private and the public and endless variations. These poems and stories intersect with these variations.
Born in Detroit in 1948, Barbara Henning has lived in New York City since 1983. She is the author of ten books of poetry, A SWIFT PASSAGE (Quale Press, 2013), Cities and Memory; MY AUTOBIOGRAPHY (United Artists, 2007), A Slow Curve, Detective Sentences, IN BETWEEN (Spectacular Diseases, 2000), ME & MY DOG (Meeting Eyes Bindery, 1999), LOVE MAKES THINKING DARK (United Artists Books, 1995), The Passion of Signs, and SMOKING IN THE TWILIGHT BAR (United Artists Books, 1988); three novels, THIRTY MILES TO ROSEBUD (BlazeVOX Books, 2009), YOU, ME, AND THE INSECTS (Spuyten Duyvil, 2005), and Black Lace; and numerous limited edition artist pamphlets, combining photography and writing. She is also the author of a book of interviews, LOOKING UP HARRYETTE MULLEN (Belladonna*, 2011) and the editor of The Selected Prose of Bobbie Louise Hawkins. She teaches at Long Island University in Brooklyn, where she is Professor Emerita.Author City: NEW YORK, NY USA