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I have been publishing poetry since 1975. My interests are mainly in lyric and narrative poetry, as well as in prose poetry. I've given many readings in the Boston area and work as a psychologist in private practice in Newton, Massachusetts. I'm interested in the day-to-day life, and in finding some of the somethings in many of the nothings.
Poetry differs in style, form, and cadence from the other genres in the literary arts. Every word is integral, the arrangement precise, and the music accentuating. These complexities present the challenge and power that draws me to write poetry. The complexities complement the contradictions and emotional realities that permeate my work. I rarely write about my life or myself, for I am an observer documenting the actions of others with an investigative slant. I often use social and political themes in my work, probing the depths of the fallible and ignorant human being. Injustice and irresponsibility are two areas I address through emotional and psychological perspectives. The environment, hunger, elder abandonment, and abuse are topics that provide me with endless material. My poetry is for readers who enjoy alternative views on life and the events that shape it. A reader can emotionally and mentally connect to my work. This fulfills my wish of making people more aware of injustices so they may be moved to be a catalyst for change.
Jennifer Barber is the author of VENDAVAL in TAKE THREE 3: AGNI NEW POETS SERIES (Graywolf Press, 1998); RIGGING THE WIND (Kore Press, 2003) and GIVEN AWAY (Kore Press, 2012). She edits the literary journal SALAMANDER in Boston, MA. Her poetry has appeared in THE NEW YORKER, HARVARD DIVINITY BULLETIN, ORION, UPSTREET, JEWISH DAILY FORWARD, elsewhere.