|Treading Water by Katherine Russell Barnes
74 page collection of poetry. To order send check or money order for $12.00
+ $3.99 P&H to Katherine Russell Barnes, 1708 Mayflower Dr., Wilson,
NC 27893. Contact the author by phone 252-237-0792
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Sample of the work:
Your words, smooth as warm oil,
My wintering muse stirs
Kathryn Stripling Byer,
“My wintering muse stirs,” writes Katherine Russell Barnes and her volume, TreadingWater, is proof that her muse has stirred to strong effect, inspiring this poet with the courage to undertake any subject she finds worthy, even the most disturbing. Here are lines that an observant, passionate, and sometimes difficult life has set upon the pages with candid force. I admire these poems and the full heart that produced them.
Katherine Barnes’ poems speak with the authority of a long life well lived. Here are poems of family and community – fathers and mothers, husbands and wives, grandparents, children, in-laws, doctors, farmers, and, yes, poets – rich with detail, celebrating when celebration is called for, but not shunning the dark and the difficult, either. These are portraits from memory’s keep, captured in language at times measured and formal and at times playful and free. As in the conclusion to her remarkable poem “Unremarkable Anniversary,” Barnes’ poems leave us wide-eyed and thoughtful, “wondering / what system brought us / to this point, and what light / we cast.”
She is particularly proud of Earth and Soul, a joint literary venture with a Russian press. Poems were in both Russian and English, producing an anthology which was distributed throughout Russia in schools and libraries.
She has been a member of many organizations in her home state such as the NC Poetry Society, the Poetry Council of NC, and the NC Writers’ Network and is a charter member of the NC Haiku Society. Her involvement includes holding offices, leading workshops, and judging contests always with the hope of advancing poetry and its appreciation. A lover of language, for all of her 82 plus years, it still befriends, and inspires her after the loss of her sight to macular degeneration.
In His Steps Publishing Company printed her chapbook, Lifework of
the Heart in 2004; now Old Mountain Press releases a full-length book
entitled, Treading Water.