The Galleons
For almost twenty years, Rick Barot has been writing some of the most stunningly crafted lyric poems in America, paying careful, Rilkean attention to the layered world that surrounds us. In The Galleons, he widens his scope, contextualizing the immigrant journey of his Filipino-American family in the larger history and aftermath of colonialism.These poems are engaged in the work of recovery, making visible what is often intentionally erased: the movement of domestic workers on a weekday morning in Brooklyn; a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, fondly sharing photos of his dog; the departure and destination points of dozens of galleons between 1564 and 1815, these ships evoking both the vast movements of history and the individual journeys of those borne along by their tides. "Her story is a part of something larger, it is a part / of history," Barot writes of his grandmother. "No, her story is an illumination // of history, a matchstick lit in the black seam of time."With nods toward Barot's poetic predecessors--from Frank O'Hara to John Donne--The Galleons represents an exciting extension and expansion of this virtuosic poet's work, marrying "reckless" ambition and crafted "composure," in which we repeatedly find the speaker standing and breathing before the world, "incredible and true."

The Galleons Details

TitleThe Galleons
Author
ReleaseFeb 11th, 2020
PublisherMilkweed Editions
ISBN-139781571315236
Rating
GenrePoetry, LGBT

The Galleons Review

  • Billy
    January 1, 1970
    The Galleons is a book of wonderfully attentive poems, full of feeling, that interrogate the past while remaining centered within the present moment. Rick Barot weaves together history, a global landscape, visual art, and more, with poems that are perceptive to life’s quiet joys and severe injustices. The Galleons offers a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the world and the people within it—refreshing in its clarity, extensive in its emotional depth. We are fortunate to have Barot among The Galleons is a book of wonderfully attentive poems, full of feeling, that interrogate the past while remaining centered within the present moment. Rick Barot weaves together history, a global landscape, visual art, and more, with poems that are perceptive to life’s quiet joys and severe injustices. The Galleons offers a comprehensive and contemporary analysis of the world and the people within it—refreshing in its clarity, extensive in its emotional depth. We are fortunate to have Barot among us as a poet, an empath, and a witness.
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  • Becky Gaiovnik
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Milkweed Books for sending me a copy of The Galleons- Poems by Rick Barot. Mr. Barots poems were perfect snippets into a lifetime of urban living from an immigrant perspective. As he weaves beautiful imagery around his poignant statements, he dives head on into every emotion without falter. A really stunning collection.
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5
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