|Barbarians in the Kitchen is the first collection of original poetry by Ginny Lowe Connors. Early notices of the book have been enthusiastic:
"Ginny Lowe Connors' poems range from intimate portraits of her family to scenes of historical events in Hartford, all the way to the wild beyond the civilized, to snakes and moose. She writes about the challenges of being a mother, the lives of her children and husband, and about her experiences as a teacher. These are heart-felt poems that portray a multi-faceted intelligence and the breadth of a committed and caring life. Connors' words carry us into beauty effortlessly, as she says of worms in earth, 'without wings, fins or feet.' How lucky we are to have these wonderful poems, how fortunate to have her testimony and witness to the power of the word and a life lived fully and richly here in America." - Hugh Ogden
"In language clear and startling, Ginny Lowe Connors writes of family, middle school, bears, worms, acrobats, tenderness, cruelty, beauty. Barbarians in the Kitchen is an engaging, funny, serious collection." - Suzanne Cleary
"Ginny Connors is a poet who can find beauty while remembering a dangerous childhood game or watching the way a drop of water falls. She is capable of molding words as she seeks to mold her children's wildness into civility, but she is most of all a poet ready to remind us of the beauty found in the quotidian, a poet who urges us never to let the world move beyond our reach." - Bessy Reyna
Ginny Lowe Connors' poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies. In 2001 she was awarded first prize in the Atlanta Review's International Poetry Competition. Connors, a teacher in West Hartford, Connecticut, was named "Poet of the Year" by the New England Association of Teachers of English in the fall of 2003. She is the editor of three poetry anthologies, the most recent being Proposing on the Brooklyn Birdge: Poems About Marriage (Grayson Books, 2003).
Click here to read Ginny's poem "Renowned Animal Trainer in Critical Condition" on Your Daily Poem (go to 2009-12-18). And click here to read "Sweet Molasses," which recently won second prize in the 2009 Perigee Poetry Contest.
The Antrim House seminar room offers notes, ideas for discussion & writing, images, and/or additional poems. Click here to read the seminar offering for Barbarians in the Kitchen.
NO OTHER LIGHT
We return to the world
First the blaze of our bodies
Now your damp skin,
My dear, we’ve returned
Wrapped in leather cuffs,
She won’t go gently into goodness,
the ghost of that tragic saint, the one
She arms herself with blackness,
to drag herself out from the burden
as the girl flaps off into her own
RARE ALBINO TIGER ESCAPES
The Baptist Church Choir of Queens,
were spread before them and like drinks
of ice cubes in tall cups of lemonade.
their grandmas never knew
a crowd. Forest Park contained
did Anna Washington sense
clutched her flowery breast
if it wasn’t a tiger strolling past,
his tail from side to side.
open, as the tiger continued on his way.
a trainer dashed, waving some sort of stick
of his own. He vanished for awhile,
of burnished leaves beneath a tree.
six police officers, guns held high,
one another, trying to imagine what to do.
guidelines exist. If wild beauty strays
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