This one comes from Dave Donahue, the editor and publisher of Ra Press. Read the review in full below.
When I was a very little kid, the third floor attic was spooky and dark yet inviting in a magical way… When very brave I ventured down the main aisle and peered into the two fully complete bedrooms there—wild and compelling furnishings made up these unoccupied Victorian-like bedrooms, light from small windows carved somewhere in the roof gave oblique lighting—dust motes clearly seen as if in a dusty projection room… Mystified and yet magically enthralled I just stood there, peering in…
Haven’t had that feeling of awe in a while but it returned in reading IMMORTAL MEDUSA… How to explain the feeling? Like being in a place where there are artifacts of basically everything—ancient philosophies, odd slices of history, articles of faith, weird science, and yes, so much knowing documentation of family—childhood, aging and everything in between….
This book is a really great read. I was back in those rooms, peering into the mysteries of things oddly familiar yet just beyond my complete understanding. For me, Ms. Ungar is to poetry as William Kotzwinkle is to prose—they both can head out in any and all directions in their art and bring the reader to wonderful places…
Immortal Medusa has been recently reviewed in Poets and Artists magazine by Rita Maria Martinez, the author of The Jane and Bertha in Me. Read her review and a few shared poems here.
At the end of April, Barbara was the featured reader at Wild Minds, a reading of nature poetry at the Hyuck Preserve Eldridge Research Station in Rensselaerville, NY.
Immortal Medusa also recently won the Adirondack Center for Writing Best Book of Poetry 2015 Award. Barbara’s co-winner was Stuart Bartow, with Einstein’s Lawn. Barbara and Stuart will read together on July 29th at the Fourth Lake Community Center in Lake Luzerne, NY. Check the events page for more details.
Barbara will be joining the rest of her Creative Writing faculty at the College of Saint Rose for a reading of recent work. The other readers include Rone Shavers, Hollis Seamon, Kenneth Krauss, and Daniel Nester. The reading will take place at 7 p.m. in the Standish Rooms at the College of Saint Rose. View the Facebook event page here.
Barbara recently read at the College of Saint Rose with poetry legend, Bernadette Mayer. Bernadette was introduced by current MFA student, Amber O’Sullivan, who introduced her by way of a wonderful poem. Bernadette is currently the College’s Visiting Writer for the MFA program, as well as a Guggenheim recipient. She read poems spanning her entire career, and those from her most recent collection, Eating the Colors of a Lineup of Words: The Early Books of Bernadette Mayer.
Barbara was introduced by Alyssa Cohorn, who is also in the College of Saint Rose MFA program. Barbara read from Immortal Medusa, and also previewed some new poems.
On Saturday, October 3rd, I read for New York City’s Couplet reading series. This was the fourth anniversary of the poetry series, and I read alongside Sandra Beasley, Susan Bruce, Wesley Rothman, Robin Beth Schaer, and Couplet’s founder, Leah Umansky.
Kicking off a busy fall reading schedule, I appeared last night with Stuart Bartow at Word Café, curated by Nina Shengold. Instead of the usual reading plus open mic scenario, Nina has featured writers give a short reading, followed by a craft talk, inspired by her trenchant questions and those of the audience. Then readers give a prompt, she gives a prompt, and everyone writes for 15 min. Anyone who wants to can get up and read what they’ve written, and also gets spare prompts to take home. There’s coffee and food, and everything in Outdated is for sale, so the decor is constantly changing. A truly fun and inspiring night of writing, even after a full day of work. These readings are Thursdays at 6:30, at Outdated: An Antique Cafe, 314 Wall Street, Kingston, NY. Reading and craft class. Contact Nina Shengold.
Last Monday I read at Cafe Muse with poet W.T. Pfefferle (author of My Coolest Shirt). I was thrilled to represent the Word Works in their hometown, Washington, D.C. I promised my co-reader I’d wear my coolest dress to compliment his coolest shirt. Hope you enjoy the photos!
You can find me next at the NYC Poetry Festival on Governer’s Island. More information on my Events page!