A Book Review by Scott T. Starbuck
Tribute is paid to William Carols Williams in the book’s title What Comes From A Thing, in an epigraph, and in reference to the cover art by Charles Sheeler in the Notes. Williams’ emphasis on charged precise details is evident throughout the book, but echoes of the humanity of Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai are more striking. Amichai, in a Lannan video, described a poem as “a lament” and said “These are the steps [poems] which keep me from falling down.” Barron’s poems are, in many cases, laments of postindustrial despair, isolation, and ecological ruin. However, what makes his poems, and others like them, satisfying is the contrast between how the poems begin as ordinary strolls along urban streets and wharfs then turn into profound unexpected endings that offer zen-like insight the way satori works in a haiku.