J. T. Barbarese is an associate professor of English at Rutgers University and the author of four previous collections of poetry and a translation of Euripides. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, and Poetry, and his literary journalism in The Georgia Review, Sewanee Review, and elsewhere.
Goddesses and junkies, the Vietnam memorial and a neighborhood hangout are the coordinates of J. T. Barbarese’s Sweet Spot. His poems explore the emotional centers of whatever is fleeting in characters or places that will be instantly familiar to the reader. Barbarese masterfully evokes the specific land- and cityscapes of his poems. 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.Sweet Spot
Northwestern University Press