Hadara Bar-Nadav is the author of A Glass of Milk to Kiss Goodnight, winner of the Margie First Book Prize 2005, and This Frame Called Ruin (New Issues, 2012). She is Associate Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. (Author photo by Sharon Gottula)
Winner of the 2012 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize
The poems in Lullaby (with Exit Sign), explore the very nature of the elegy as rite, memorial, mechanism for healing, and raw utterance. Bar-Nadav asks, what is the shape of grief—its forms, silences, and sounds? The muscular music of her language and whip-sharp syntax join forces with startling imagery. Prose poems dominate the collection, held in place by the phantom scaffolding of lineated verse in which the poet listens for her father who "knocks on a little paper door."
"This grand third book is a scrupulously crafted, brilliantly conceived sequence of poems. An essential and ravishing work."
"An invigorating, deeply moving book by one of the truly memorable poets of my generation."