Exposure, An Anthology of Micro-Fiction
Veils, Halos & Shackles, International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women
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The Best Small Fictions 2016
September 6, 2016
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
"This week's pick is Beautiful Raft by Tina Barry (Big Table Publishing, 2019). Beautiful Raft is exactly what I want in poetry: highly-readable, evocative and beautiful language coupled with bold storytelling. Barry takes us inside the mind of Virginia Haggard and her young daughter Jean, during their time living with artist Marc Chagall, Haggard's lover, in High Falls. The poems feel deeply intimate, especially as the reader follows Haggard's painful, growing personal dissatisfaction and and feelings of losing herself to the needs of Chagall and her children. I devoured it and would have gladly read even more."
Visitor Experience Coordinator
Book Review column, Catskill Visitor Center
"Tina Barry's 'Something Amber' is a masterfully poignant piece in which each word counts. It is a love story sketched in brief yet vulnerable moments, which creates, through deft, minimal prose, a fleeting chord struck in harmony with our own."
The Best Small Fictions 2020, one of 13 spotlighted stories. Editor Elena Stiehler,
"The journal does not back away from drama. In “A Friend’s Daughter Dies,” Tina Barry reveals that the young woman had “A topiary of tattoos on track-ruined arms/etched blue jays preening/owls perched/Circling the dunes/of her collarbones.”
The Review Review, 11/14/17.
"Online Poetry Mag is Home for Strong Writers of Verse," Maria DePaul.
Review of The American Poetry Journal's fall 2017 issue.
"These narrators spill all kinds of family secrets, especially the younger ones. In Tina Barry’s “Going South,” a daughter recreates with diary entries her family’s last trip to Miami “before Dad switched families.” Subtly, we experience the sadness that has invaded their lives—the sister’s insomnia, the mother's restless feet and short love line. It ends with an image that hints at a terminus beyond the family’s return to New Jersey: “My sister threw a deck of cards out the car window. We watched them spiral tightly together down the highway, then blink out like dead stars as the wind drew them apart."”
“…With a sort of precision and attention most poets would reserve for the mapping of a butterfly wing, in Mall Flower, Tina Barry dedicates both her short fictions and poems to something equally perplexing and full of beautiful angles and confusing symbols - she points the magnifying glass so that it reflects the sun against the sheen of plastic, the semi-precious, the hair-sprayed, fast-food fed realities that usher many of us into and out of days, years, and even decades of longing for genuine connections.”
After the Gazebo
The Harvard Review Online, 12/16.
From Lisa Mullenneaux's review of The Best Small Fictions 2016.
Tina Barry is something of a micro sorceress. And she does just that; she surprises. In these stories, from a linked collection about Marc Chagall’s relationship with Virginia Haggard McNeil, Barry takes us on a journey in three perfectly crafted flashes; each one satisfying, bringing us into land in the final sentence.
"Tina Barry’s aptly-titled Mall Flower shimmers with delicate and gritty insights. Barry is a writer of great warmth, intelligence and wit; the poems and stories in her delightful debut collection will move and surprise you."
Jonathan Cardew, Editor
I was the featured writer at the International Women's Writing Guild (IWWG), on 12/2/21. Here's a link to the reading: