Barbara Schwartz and Krista J.H. Leahy’s collaborative collection Nothing But Light is a spiritual journey that merges the female body with divinity.
BARBARA SCHWARTZ is author of the chapbook Any Thriving Root (dancing girl press, 2017). A finalist for the 1913 Poetry Prize and the Barrow Street Poetry Prize and Alice James Award, her hybrid poetry manuscript “What Survives Is the Fire” was selected for performance at the 2023 Boomerang Theater’s First Flight New Play Festival at Congregation Beth Elohim. Her poems have appeared in Denver Quarterly, Upstreet, Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry, Carolina Quarterly, Quiddity, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and elsewhere. Barbara is an education consultant, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.
I think I am my savior’s thoughts, the stubborn beautiful ones / who refuse to go. It’s a temple in here / though I do not know // the prayers.
Hunger sneaks up // like two fingers flicking a pink / succulent moon.
1. After each successful night, a vampire bat regurgitates his nutrient goop into the mouth of his co-sleeper’s throat. Next time, one sister-in-the-struggle may fly forth, wings agape signaling triumph, and the once-sung hero, (now down-in-the-mouth) will have to wait 2. for her. My friend donated religiously when she was […]
Post-birth my mother needed to bathe three times a day After each I was to blow-dry the rupture with cool air roving over her blue translucence We […]