L.L. Barkat : InsideOut: Poems (1/4 of book)

InsideOut: Poems (1/4 of book)

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Rumi, Pablo Neruda, Mary Oliver, Basho, Jane Kenyon

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International Arts Movement

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Dec 2009



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Milkweed bursts with silken seed. Crushed almonds scatter like spilled cinnamon. A child clips basil at the tender neck, after a family friend passes away. Love is swallowed in moondust, bared in cherry rose. Across the landscape of human experience, can 'inside' really be disentangled from 'out'?

Divided into four seasons, this collection chronicles one full year in the poet's life—a year spent outdoors daily for at least the time it took to drink a cup of tea, but often for up to an hour or more. The year yielded an image-rich, surprising, sometimes amusing set of insights. Nature, combined with solitude, is a true teacher and a curator of delights.


I remember the scent

and how you crushed them;

brown skins

turned to dust,

scattered like spilled cinnamon.


Want more poetry? Visit http://tweetspeakpoetry.com

Or read more of Barkat's writing at: http://makesyoumom.com/tag/ll-barkat/

Editorial Reviews

"Inside Out" brings together threads of everyday experiences; this is a book of poems, but it might be better to categorize it as poetry invading the life of a person. Barkat is inviting us on a journey of awareness of hope.

—Makoto Fujimura, Founder International Arts Movement

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