In these poems Christian Barter is able to draw from the anecdotal deeper meanings beneath the surface of daily life, to register regret and surprise at changes wrought by time.
I’ve been listening to Christian Barter’s strong and subtle voice for some years now, and to read his first full volume is to recall, among other things, that this poet is also a first-rate musician. His are the capacities of the best jazz improvisers: an awareness of and respect for his predecessors; an instinct for just the right “change”; and that indefinable gift to howl in pain at the moon even as the virtuosity and beauty of the howling indicate the player’s love of life. One of the most impressive debuts I know. — Sydney Lea