The On Being Project

Anita Barrows
Anita Barrows

is a poet and psychologist, and translator of Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God.

“Heart Work”

by Anita Barrows

Monday. Bronze sunlight on the worn gray rug in the dining room where Viva sits playing her recorder. Pain-ripened sunlight I nearly wrote, like the huge vine-ripened tomato my friend brought yesterday from her garden, to add to our salad: meaning what comes in its time to its own end, then breaks off easily, needing […]

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“Questo muro”

by Anita Barrows

Quando mi vide star pur fermo e duro turbato un poco disse: “Or vedi figlio: tra Beatrice e te è questo muro.” (When he [Virgil] saw me standing there unmoving, he was a bit disturbed and said, “Now look, son, between Beatrice and you there is this wall.”) -Dante, Purgatorio XXVII You will come at […]

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“Questo muro”

Heart Work

by Anita Barrows

In this solemn reflection in summer light, Anita Barrows draws out the sweet tension of sorrow in the midst of beauty.

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Heart Work