Cold River








...and i felt the simple
sweetness of me

168 pp + soft cover.  Perfect bound.
Photo Illustrations by Mike Aviña


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Barbara West is the only parent of a 20-year-old son and works as a Wound/Ostomy/Continence Nurse, with prior work in Hospice and Home Health.  She has been writing poetry since age six, but stopped several years ago when her file cabinet filled up.  Thanks to support from the Sacramento and Davis poetry communities, she is thrilled to be writing again. Previously published in Full of Crow, Brevities, Medusa’s Kitchen, Sacramento Voices 2016, Swarthmore College Bulletin, Small Craft Warnings, Common Speaking, Escarp, Ascent Aspirations, and Davis Shambhala Center Newsletter, "...and i felt the simple sweetness of me" is her first published book. Thanks to a history of theater performing and a little time singing with a rock and roll band, Barbara enjoys reciting from memory.  This allows her to use her whole body to present a poem, usually without a mic, since her voice is plenty loud. She also enjoys windsurfing.


Waiting for an authentic voice can take a long time. Barbara West’s voice is clear, well-spoken and incisive. There is a clarity in her consciousness that allows a lovely poetry to come though her carefully crafted words. There isn’t a trace of the unnecessary here. The feelings are deep, raw and accessible to all readers. You must slow yourself to enjoy the words, as good poetry requires.

                    – D.R. Wagner - Author of Love Poems, Night Market
                       and The Generation Of Forms.
                       Poet, Musician and Visual Artist

Barbara West’s syntax creates smooth, skillful surfaces; feeling they are in the hands of good writer, a reader can relax. That would be a mistake, for these works contain gaps, halts, pivots and shocks that drive them quite deep. A reader could go along there, too.

                     – David Schneider, author of Street Zen
                        and Crowded by Beauty.

Barbara’s book of poetry and prose offers readers a glimpse at the soul of this woman, this mother, this nurse. Her vulnerability, honesty, tenderness, and contemplation into the ordinary is extraordinary.

                      – Linda Honan PhD, APRN
                         Professor, Yale School of Nursing

The poetry is rich. The language flows beautifully and naturally, and takes the reader to unexpected insights and images. Like all good work, it rewards repeated readings.

                      – Steve Kinzie, Songwriter and Musician