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A CUP OF POETRY

Barbara Ras

Barbara Ras's poems have a long-lined, striding quality—they surge across the page like waves crashing on a beach…

Barbara Ras's poems have a long-lined, striding quality—they surge across the page like waves crashing on a beach. The ruminative sequences of precise description investigate everything from women's experience to multigenerational identity to home and work to the natural world, "all calling you to where you belong, / at the ocean's edge, feeling at peace, / understanding nothing."

Ras reads from and discusses her latest collection, The Last Skin, in which she takes us from the stark finality of Stika Cemetery in Alaska to the evocative beauty of Lake Titicaca to the intimate domesticity of her mother's bedroom.

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