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POETRY- Books & Chapbooks


Green Target, Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, 2018, judged by Patricia Spears Jones
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Hear Tina interviewed on "All Things Considered" on Blue Ridge Public Radio.

Green Target won the Brockman-Campbell Award as the best book of poetry published in North Carolina in 2018.
Judged by Michael Waters, who said:
"In the Edenic garden which encompasses poisonous foxglove, sensual jewelweed, and venomous copperheads, "The barred owl / calls its steady chant, four syllables, 'Who rues? / do you?'" The poet's name embedded in these lines suggests an aesthetic sparked by grief, yet, despite local news filled with Illness and betrayal, Tina Barr locates 'a feast of greening, our altar' in the shadowy landscape. Green Target is sure in its craft, always gauging the strength of 'tentative webs,' the human frailties that prod us toward and away from each other."

"It was a challenge and pleasure to read these lyric and narrative poems made by a poet who uses her sophistication to consider the lives of those for whom so much has been denied and whose rage now makes targets of us all." Patricia Spears Jones

"These poems are contained, lucidly wrought, but their influence flows; the images swim through the mind . . . long after the poems are read. This is a sign of the very best poetry, and I foresee revisiting this beautiful collection again and again."  William Wright

"Barr's is a profound poetry; to live with, mine for wisdom, and find our way by." Cynthia Hogue

"I love Green Target . . . So elegant and wise, subtle, but tough. It's stunning, an achievement."  Joseph Bathanti, Former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-2014)

"Tina Barr's latest book of poetry, Green Target, takes aim at the widening environmental crisis in America and around the globe. Poem after poem, the book offers personal, visceral and deeply moving accounts of the damage and of the hope--or maybe even the belief--that we might still save the planet.  .  .  . The poems cascade from their first lines with brilliance and inevitability to the end." Jeanne Murray Walker  (Seattle Pacific Low Residency Program, Professor Emerita University of Delaware)


Kaleidoscope, from Iris Press, available on  (please enter my name & book title) released April, 2015.

Kaleidoscope was one of seven finalists in the Poetry Category for the Eric Hoffer Book Award in 2016.  It was also a finalist in 2017!

Former NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti says: "Inside this book, this kaleidoscope, Tina Barr has packed a life and everything that has intersected with it.  You'll never return.  This is a poet at the height of her powers." 

Shara McCallum says, "The images that populate Barr's poems often veer towards the visceral and the surreal, her diction is an engine of apparently endless invention, and her vision is wide-ranging. . . . Kaleidoscope is a radiant collection."

Alice Friman states, "Kaleidoscope is aptly named, for here, in a riot of color, turn the bits and pieces of the world. . . . Barr has created a world filled with movement, shimmer, and sound.  Even the bubbles in the tub 'sparkle and hiss.'"

The Gathering Eye, winner of the Tupelo Press Editor's Award. North Adams, Massachusetts: Tupelo Press, 2003. (chosen from over 1,000 entries) 

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"Tina Barr is our Arachne, weaving her intricate, glowing tapestries to reveal, not the crimes of the gods, but the crimes of men--together with the sensual opulence, intensified by desire, that the world offers.  In her fearless vision through the beaded curtain, there is no division between art and nature, nor any border between horror and beauty---woven as they are on the same deep-dyed loom."

--Eleanor Wilner

These daring poems - by turns ferocious, opulent, combustible, delicate - undertake many projects. They testify to brutalities visited upon body and spirit, trace the jagged shapes of past terrain, and, in the book's lush middle section, 'Red Land, Black Land,' investigate the complicated sensuality of contemporary Egypt.

Daughter, sister, lover, foreigner - however refracted, Tina Barr's vision is steadfast: actual things make the world, and she honors their profusion at every turn. Infused with both spirit and intention, these poems embody their deepest belief: 'all that is outside can also be woven in.'

--Lia Purpura

"These are eloquent narrative poems; poems of great power, passion and beauty.  They are made with rigor and clear-eyed wonderment.  Barr's gaze is brave and unblinking.  She looks, with lyrical intensity, deep into the most mysterious and ambiguous areas of human interaction.  Reading Tina Barr we travel--not only to China, Egypt, Maine and the South--but down into the rhythmic places of love and renewal.  A long time coming, this book is a treasure.  Bravo."

--Clarence Major


  Red Land, Black Land, winner of the 2002 Longleaf Press Chapbook Contest. Fayetteville: Methodist College Press, 2002. 
  The Fugitive Eye, winner of 1996 Painted Bride Quarterly Poetry Chapbook Contest, selected by Yusef Komunyakaa. Philadelphia: Painted Bride Quarterly Press, 1997. 

"In sixteen finely-tuned poems, Tina Barr's The Fugitive Eye traverses a substantial psychological and emotional tableau.  This poet's straightforward compass needle quivers over a lived territory, with nuanced detours into through a fruitful imagination, and her poems are always important imagistic ventures into our modern psyche.  Here's poetry that entertains and challenges.  Through mythology, pragmatic psychology, and a near-blues insinuation, The Fugitive Eye coaxes us to see ourselves in truth-seeking reflections.  This collection works because each poem dares the reader."

--Judge, Yusef Komunyakaa
At Dusk on Naskeag Point     At Dusk on Naskeag Point, winner of the Flume Press Annual Poetry Chapbook Contest, selected by David Wojahn. Chico, California: Flume Press, 1984. 
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