11 thoughts on “Building The Barricade And Other Poems by Anna Swir: A Review”

    1. I’m so happy you derived something important from her work Gabe. 🙂 There are so many brilliant writers from other cultures and in other languages who remain unknown and that is a crime, an artistic crime. Calypso Editions are doing something very important and relevant.

  1. This was a very rich review that has my fingertips reaching for Google search to find out more.
    It’s odd how, many years after the tragedy of this war, the poets work can tell us so much more factually about the human condition than any history book can. That, above all, is the bravery of the poet to me.

    1. Thank you for meeting Anna through my review and I do hope you are enthralled enough to drop over to Calypso and take a look. That press is doing some innovative things. What you say about the true bravery of a poet is indeed true and in time, when we have stopped dragging our knuckles on the ground, the poets may become the true historians of this world.

  2. Val — Thank you for this incredible and thoughtful review. Love this: “Her deft observation of her surroundings becomes a type of alchemy for converting words into mental images that you feel bone deep. Each poem stands on its own merit; a snapshot and a graphic account of a moment in time, one single remnant that when woven together with the others evolves into one of the most honest portraits of the collective suffering of those caught in the snare of violence.” Yes! She manages to evoke so much in such spare poems.

    1. You are very welcome Alicia and thank you for asking me to be involved. A truly good poem, written by a poet at the point where their skill and insight dovetails is usually spare and pure. It is the goal of all poets to achieve this precision and it can take a lifetime to do it. I can’t thank you enough for making me aware of Anna’s work and for sharing her words. 🙂

    1. It is a fact Stafford, the truth of what poets actually do before we write it down. I hope you drop by Calypso and get a copy of Anna’s book because it truly is a sterling work of art. 🙂

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