Barbara Schmitz

How Much Our Dancing Has Improved

“Barbara has a huge mind—it took her a long time on her own arduous path to capture
its extent from ground to heaven. But never fear, she was Midwesterner—she stubbornly
continued until the paper reflected her true self. . . she launched a rocket all the way to
eternity.” Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones on Barbara Schmitz in
Thunder and Lightning.

Winner of 2005 Nebraska Center for the Book Poetry Award

Selected Works

What Bob Says (Some More) is about pleasure and delight, talking and listening/not listening, sex on the porch, being right, giving up, God, hearts and wings, yogurt, books, sirens, red/blue ambulance lights, happily ever after.
A deep drink of human joy and sorrow. Songs of Living Aware, richly.
"By the end of this chapbook, Bob has become as real as your crazy uncle.
--Phil Wagner
“Barbara Schmitz is the Lucinda Williams of the poetry world.”
--Paul Zarzyski
“. . . chillingly honest. Schmitz is a courageous poet. She tells us the truth.”
--Greg Kuzma
Intense narrative poems about poet’s pilgrimage to Israel
"Schmitz endeavors to understand 'the mystery and beauty of being alive.' I name her the Queen of Constancy for her devotion to meditation and never letting up of giving up on her spiritual journey. Enjoy the rich trip."
-- Natalie Goldberg, author of Writing Down the Bones