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Secret History: Poems

2.40  ·  Rating details ·  5 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In David Barbers third collection of poetry, the past makes its presence felt from first to last. Drawing on a wealth of eclectic sources and crafted in an array of nonce forms, these poems range across vast stretches of cultural and natural history in pursuit of the forsaken, long-gone, and unsung. 

Here is the stuff of lost time unearthed from all over: ballyhoo and
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 15th 2019 by Triquarterly
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Rachel Pollock
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I heard such praise of this book of poetry, I was thrilled when NetGalley confirmed me for a reader's copy. Unfortunately, I really didn't care for the poems. The way the poet used language felt contrived, twee, like the literary equivalent of winking at oneself in the mirror. I'm sure there's an audience for this collection out there, but i'm not part of it.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Not a fan. I just didn't connect to these poems at all - I found them wordy and goofy and lacking any real emotion.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Unfortunately, my Kindle version of Secret History by David Barber has formatting issues that make it impossible to determine where Barber intended line breaks to fall I get three different versions of a poems breaks depending on if I view it on my Kindle, on my iPad in portrait, or on my iPad in landscape. I didnt bother checking the format on my computer. Its frustrating to say the least, and as this isnt the first time Ive run into the issue, I wish Amazon would do something about their ...more
Kristina | kristinaandthebooks
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley, 2020
This is the type of poetry I adore! David Barber shares his passions for antiquity and literature in this masterful collection, with writing that is very intellectual and mesmerizing. I'll admit some of the poems border on pretentious and I had to resort to Googling several of the named inspirations for the poems. However, there is a glossary included at the end that I wish I had known about prior to reading the collection. This is Barber's third book of poetry, but my first exposure to his ...more
Zöe Yu
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: american, poetry
In the part with "Diagnosis: Argyria, Cause of Death : Pneumonia Bellevue Hospital 1923", the poet stressed out a "blue sin", "blue glow" which is a very nice touch, however, as one reads on, the feeling turns banal..which is a bit unfortunate. I adore the old year and the atmosphere the poet would like to create, however, it is a bit hard to relate, or even to get into the imagination of the poet, the narrative of the poet in order to feel the flow of the rhythm.
L.S. Popovich
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, poetry, 2-star
A unique poetry collection. Wish the Kindle formatting was less compact. I like poetry to breathe and the words and poems crowded each other out in this collection. A lot of rhythm changes, but a quick read. A mixed bag of images, concepts and approaches.
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