Spring 2001 • Vol. XXIII No. 2 Cultures of Creativity: The Centennial Celebration of the Nobel PrizesApril 1, 2001 |

Recovery 30

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 space of seas. Silent, obeisant, head bent to the far dawn, eyelids lower—the time has come to lose one's name beneath the floor of consciousness. In those endless skies where star-etched fields of peace stretch across unformed seeds of day— there to receive one's own worth, asail in the night's ocean.

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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.

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