In the Next life

In the Next life

by Joan Baranow


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Poetry. Joan Baranow's powerful new collection of poems, IN THE NEXT LIFE, reminds us that it is our passage through this life that constantly shapes the next. Our place in and passages through the natural world reflect both the questions of childhood and those few wisdoms we hope to share as adults. Always, the speaker of these poems ('closer to the end / than to birth, dreaming of death' she says) recalls a boy's question: 'How does light climb the tree?' In these elegant poems of daily mortal passage, Joan Baranow is also asking, in every line, how might we, each of us, slowly climb that light? These are poems of constancy and moral courage."--David St. John

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733702508
Publisher: Poetic Matrix Press
Publication date: 02/11/2019
Pages: 94
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Joan Baranow is the author of Living Apart and two poetry chapbooks. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, The Gettysburg Review, Spillway, and elsewhere. A VCCA fellow and member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, she founded and directs the Low-Residency MFA program in Creative Writing at Dominican University of CA. With her husband David Watts, she produced the PBS documentary Healing Words: Poetry & Medicine. Her feature- length documentary, The Time We Have, presents an intimate portrait of a young woman facing terminal illness.

Table of Contents


I would brush your sprouting hair of the

dying light…

– Galway Kinnell

Believing 11

Remember These Things 12

Light Climber 13

What They Say 14

At Eye Level 15

Big History 16

From This Distance 17

Pet Cat 20

Grass Seeds 21

Global Weirding 22

Ode to QI 24

Rescuing Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs 26

Dear Future 28

10th Grade Science 30

Some Advice for Being Here 32

En Route 33


You can’t have it back, says the fire

affectionately. You never needed it

anyway, promises the earth.

– Dean Young

Psalm 37

Thanksgiving Dinner 38

Gathering Asphodel 39

For My Mother 40

By Now 45

Ode to Keats 46

Emptying 47

Prescription 48

Duty Call 50

Goldilocks 51

Finding Him 53

Last Days 55

At This Hour 57

Hospital Museum 58


Thou, silent form, dost tease us out of thought

As doth eternity: Cold Pastoral!

– John Keats

Postcard 61

Cold Pastoral 62

Dear Odysseus 64

Vagabond 66

Eros 68

Imaginary Lover 70

Looking Ahead 72

Ars Poetica 75

In the Next Life 78

Ode to That 80

All That You See 82

Blue 83

Anthology: a collection of flowers 84

Moon 87



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