In each paper cell
gray light chambered
symmetry that astounded
The firs breathed overhead
As a girl I’d overheard stories
of sting and nest
how I could take weightlessness
in my hands and understand a swarm
that had abandoned
harm that could be done
wings and vanished wing. . .
Underfoot crunch and collision
cone boot dried leaf
a sheen of ice
above clouds like snow-swayed tents
from Sting and Nest, (Sunstone Press, 2011)
Barbara Rockman teaches poetry at Santa Fe Community College and in private workshops in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is Workshop Coordinator for Wingspan Poetry Project bringing poetry to victims of domestic violence.
Her poems appear widely in journals and anthologies and have received three Pushcart Prize Nominations, the New Mexico Discovery Award, The MacGuffin Poets Hunt Prize, Southwest Poetry Prize, and the Baskerville Publisher’s Prize. She is editor of the anthology, “Women Becoming Poems,” and author of “Sting and Nest,” which received the National Press Women Book Prize and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. A new collection is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press. She has collaborated with artists on numerous image and word installations and has been awarded residency fellowships to PLAYA and Atlantic Center for the Arts.
Barbara received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and her M.Ed. from Antioch University-New England.
Why poetry matters?
“Poetry holds our human impulse to praise, question and attend to the details of the daily world. It wakes us, heightens our senses, rocks us with music, and offers refuge in beauty: things we desperately need in times of rancor and uncertainty.”