In subjects ranging from the expulsion of the Jews in the fifteenth century to intimacies between contemporary lovers, we are made to feel our own needs and terrors expressed, our own cities left behind. These poems are transparent, yet everywhere reflect things and people darkly, in emergency. —Jane Miller
Rigging the Wind dances inside the poet’s essence, that place where, like Ein Sof itself, poetry mines the wellspring of its own making. With faith in a brave humility, Barber celebrates self in its magnificent frailty, particle by particle, each one polished with wonder’s luminescence. —Afaa Michael Weaver
Line after line, Ms. Barber collects the everyday fabric and weaves into a whole a textured world of her own making—personal, and always convincing. The poems here are by turn impressionistic, physical, and passionate—attesting to the fact that close observation can produce poetry of the highest order. —Daniel Halpern
Jennifer Barber (she/her/hers) attended Colby College in Maine and studied medieval literature in England as a Rhodes Scholar. She received her MFA from Columbia University. A selection of her work appears in the anthology Take Three: 3, Agni New Poets Series (Graywolf Press, 1998); a selection also appears in the anthology Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books, 2001). She has also had poems inPartisan Review, Harvard Review, Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Massachusetts Review, Poetry, and The Journal.
Barber’s Rigging the Wind won the $1,000 Kore Press First Book Award in 2002, the inaugural award of the year, and was published by Kore in June of 2003, the publishing house’s 10th year anniversary. The contest was judged by poet Jane Miller, distinguished author of several volumes of poetry and past recipient of a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. She has recently published a second title from Kore Press, Given Away, a collection of poems that meditates on spirituality.