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True Does Nothing by JT Barbarese

J.T. Barbarese’s new book is urgent, inventive, and wide awake.  It makes a beautiful music out of the raggedest instruments, looks squarely upon defeat and is not defeated. I read it straight through and felt intensely, even defiantly, alive.
—Christian Wiman

J.T. Barbarese’s poems are a dose of smelling salts in a sleepy, go-along world. The freshness of his language matches perfectly—abets, I should say—the freshness and candor of his world view. Tart and sere, and also witty and generous, True Does Nothing is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I particularly admire his long-lined, long-limbed odes. They are, like all the poems here, exuberantly musical and bracingly less deceived. A brilliant, memorable collection!
—David Yezzi


Paperback: 76 pp.
Publisher: Madhat, Inc. (March 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-941196-65-6


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