PoemsPaperback - 2012
Classical deities and down-and-out junkies, high school sweethearts and the inner life of JFK--these are the coordinates of J.T. Barbarese's terrain. The poems in Sweet Spot set up shop where average lived experience meets American history. Masterfully evokes both the specific land- and cityscapes of his poems as well the psychological types of the varied characters that populate them, Sweet Spot confirms Barbarese's preeminence as a chronicler of the heroic everyday, the telling detail, the subtle reminders of the human predicament hidden in habit and memory.