Barbara Crooker

Barbara Crooker

About Barbara Crooker

Monet famously said that gardening and painting were the only things he knew how to do; change that to gardening and writing, and that describes Barbara Crooker. Barbara Crooker is a poetry editor for Italian-Americana, and author of twelve chapbooks and nine full-length books of poetry. Some Glad Morning, Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh Poetry Press, 2019, is the latest. Her awards include the WB Yeats Society of New York Award, the Thomas Merton Poetry of the Sacred Award, and three Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Creative Writing Fellowships. Her work appears in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, including The Valparaiso Poetry Review, The Chariton Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Tar River Poetry Review, The Hollins Critic, The Denver Quarterly, Christianity and Literature, The American Poetry Journal, Passages North, Nimrod, Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania, The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Nasty Women: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. and has been read on the ABC, the BBC, The Writer’s Almanac, The Slowdown, and featured on Ted Kooser's American Life in Poetry. In addition to writing and editing poetry, Barbara teaches writing workshops at conferences all around the country. She is also the caregiver to her son, who has autism, and Barbara took care of her mother during the last eight years of her life.

    Poems by Barbara Crooker

  • In The Middle

    • Published: August 8, 2020
    Reflecting On The Passage Of Time

    in Meaningful Poems

    In the middle
    of a life that's as complicated as everyone else's,
    struggling for balance, juggling time.
    The mantle clock that was my grandfather's

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  • The Fifties

    • Published: July 2, 2020
    Childhood Memories Of Summer

    in Summer Poems

    We spent those stifling endless summer afternoons
    on hot front porches, cutting paper dolls from Sears
    catalogs, making up our own ideal families
    complete with large appliances

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  • This Summer Day

    • Published: June 30, 2020
    This Summer Day

    in Summer Poems

    That sprinkler is at it again,
    hissing and spitting its arc
    of silver, and the parched
    lawn is tickled green. The air

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