Jim Barnes

Jim Barnes (Poetry) | Sante Fe, NM / Atoka, OK

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Jim Barnes is the author of eight books of poetry (most with University of Illinois Press), two books of translation, one scholarly volume, and a memoir (University of Oklahoma Press). He was the Oklahoma poet laureate for 2009 and 2010. He has also been awarded with the Oklahoma Book Award for The Sawdust War, as well as two Rockefeller Bellagio Residency Fellowships, two Camargo Foundation Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, an American Book Award, among others. He speaks English and French fluently, German and Choctaw less so. Has given readings (over 200) from Korea to Czech Republic, most in the U.S.


Visiting Picasso (University of Illinois Press, 2007). Poetry.
On a Wing of the Sun (University of Illinois Press, 2001). Poetry.
Paris (University of Illinois Press, 1997). Poetry.

On Native Ground: Memoirs and Impressions (University of Oklahoma Press, 1997). Memoir/Essays. CNF.
The Sawdust War (University of Illinois Press, 1992). Poetry.
The American Book of the Dead (University of Illinois Press, 1982). Poetry.

La Plata Cantata (Purdue University Press, 1989). Poetry.
A Season of Loss (Purdue University Press, 1985). Poetry.
The Fish on Poteau Mountain (Cedar Creek Press, 1982)



Blurbs, Press & Reviews

“It is a deep new pleasure to come on a poet with the imaginative boldness of Jim Barnes. In addition to his skill, and what might be called a kind of forthright mysticism, Barnes has an almost uncanny ability to pick not only workable subjects for poems but subjects that, but for him, would not have been subjects at all; no one else would have seen them. I hope he writes as many poems as Southey; I shall read them all.”
—James Dickey

“It is unlikely that there is a more cosmopolitan poet at work today than Jim Barnes. . . . Jim Barnes has a distinguished record of publication, including important translations as well as his own works. . . .A rich collection.”

“Barnes explores the interplay between the poet’s own personal vision of shape and colour and his attempts to relate what is perceived to the discerning eye perceiving it. . . . . Barnes is especially good at charting small human activities.”
Poetry Salzburg Review

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