Destined  for children and growing things,
for hope and lilies,
Spring seeks the swamp of the snakes
to spread her cypress knees.


This warming season
the moth-fly scatters its dust,
the sage gnat and the tiddlywink flea
like piccolo music leap into day.


Tall and proud, the waifs of Spring,
little ones, sprites on balance-bars,
bounce like lambs in the April fields
while plum blossoms flirt with their bees.

Over the years, Barry's poetry has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review and hundreds of other journals. Known mainly as a poet/teacher, he  has brought out various novels, stories, three poetry-reading CDs and ten poetry collections while teaching literature and writing at M.I.T. & U C Santa Barbara. Barry's most recent book of poems, FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY, appeared from Cherry Grove in August, 2008. 

"Spring Snapshots" is one of a series of poems I've been involved with recently that try
to produce a resonance by laying out several fragments in loose conjunction. In this case, though the choices and sequence are chosen by poet's instinct, what brings them into a thematic consonance seems to be the range from nature's exuberance to human adult (spread knees) and childlike associations with the Spring season, ending back with nature's reproductive energy.



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