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Wendy Barker

Wendy Barker‘s sixth collection of poems, One Blackbird at a Time (BkMk Press, 2015), received the John Ciardi Prize. Her fifth chapbook, Shimmer, was released from Glass Lyre Press in 2019. Among her other books are a selection of poems with accompanying essays, Poems’ Progress (Absey & Co., 2002), and a selection of co-translations, Rabindranath Tagore: Final Poems (Braziller, 2001). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including The Best American Poetry 2013. Recipient of NEA and Rockefeller fellowships, she holds the Pearl LeWinn Endowed Chair and is a Poet-in-Residence at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel Prizes

Spring 2001

Sickbed 5

By Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Wendy Barker and Saranindranath Tagore

From the Bengali.    November 4, 1940 Under this vast universe pain's mill wheel rotates, grinds planets and stars to powder. Sparks flash, scatter suffering on every side, ash-webs from […]

Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel Prizes

Spring 2001

Sickbed 7

By Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Wendy Barker and Saranindranath Tagore

From the Bengali.    November 12, 1940 (Night) Deep night-interior, beneath my clouded sight, when I see your wakened presence, the sky's uncounted planet-suns in limitless time greet my mortality. […]

Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel Prizes

Spring 2001

Recovery 30

By Rabindranath Tagore, translated by Saranindranath Tagore and Wendy Barker

From the Bengali.  February 16, 1941 (Afternoon) Dusk drops down slowly—bindings loosed one by one from the work-nets of hours. Day casts the west's opening portal into gold-luminous darkness, meeting […]