Barbara Ras

(1949 / New Bedford, Massachusetts)

Biography of Barbara Ras

Barbara Ras poet

Barbara Ras (b. 1949 New Bedford, Massachusetts ) is an American poet, translator and publisher. Her most recent poetry collection is The Last Skin (Penguin Books, 2010), which was preceded by One Hidden Stuff (Penguin Books, 2006), and her first collection is Bite Every Sorrow (Louisiana State University Press, 1998).
She graduated from Simmons College, and University of Oregon. She taught writing at Warren Wilson College.
She has been on the editorial staffs of Wesleyan University Press, the University Press of New England, the University of California Press, North Point Press and Sierra Club Books. She was Senior Editor acquiring environmental books for the University of Georgia Press. Since 2005, she has been the Director of Trinity University Press, San Antonio, Texas. She lives with her husband; they have a daughter (b. 1984).
She has traveled extensively in Latin America and lived for periods of time in Colombia and Costa Rica.
Her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including The New Yorker, Boulevard, Massachusetts Review, Prairie Schooner, American Scholar, and Spoon River Poetry Review.
She will be a Featured Presenter at the 2010 AWP. Updates

You Can'T Have It All

But you can have the fig tree and its fat leaves like clown hands
gloved with green. You can have the touch of a single eleven-year-old finger
on your cheek, waking you at one a.m. to say the hamster is back.
You can have the purr of the cat and the soulful look
of the black dog, the look that says, If I could I would bite
every sorrow until it fled, and when it is August,
you can have it August and abundantly so. You can have love,
though often it will be mysterious, like the white

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