Bruce Barnes

In a poem sequence, that is part recollection and part travelogue, Bruce Barnes, the child of a Jewish father and Anglican mother, returns to Israel-Palestine 50 years later to uncover family history, and explore a contested land where the Bible stories are still writ large.


These poems offer a memory map of personal and family history, to remind us why our histories cannot be forgotten, no matter what efforts are made to erase the past.

Brian Docherty