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Sarah Barber

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Sarah Barber was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She received an MFA from the University of Virginia and a PhD from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She is author of Country House (Pleiades Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Pleiades Press Editors Prize for Poetry; and The Kissing Party (The National Poetry Review Press, 2010). Since 2010, she has taught at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York. She lives in upstate New York.

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When the dead howl in your belly
and you’re pissing beets, it doesn’t help
to think of Clement VII, fat, sick,
and nearly dead, ingesting 40,000 ducats’
worth of precious gems ground down
and mixed with wine; it doesn’t help
to picture St.Teresa purging, a twig