Susan Barba in conversation with Jason Weiss
April 25, 2017, 7:00 PM
Susan Barba’s Fair Sun comprises three interrelated sections of poetry exploring the connection between humans and the natural world. The first section examines the acquisition of language; the second consists of a series of prose poems titled "Andranik,” in which a grandfather relates to a child the details of his survival during the Armenian Genocide; the final section contains shorter lyric poems on the proximity of life and death, the complicity and interdependency of the individual in the collective, and the redemptive possibilities of sympathy.
Susan Barba’s poems have appeared in Poetry, The Yale Review, The Hudson Review, The Antioch Review, Harvard Review, and Poetry Daily. She has published book reviews in Boston Review and translations from Armenian in Words Without Borders and Ararat. She participated in Consenses, a multi-genre, interactive art installation which opened in West Tisbury, Massachusetts and is now touring the country. She recently received a MacDowell Colony Fellowship in poetry.