The poems in View From A Hillside are selected from those written by the author over the last several years. Some are poems written for a fund-raising event for the Organization for New Americans, a community-based organization that provides education and assistance for new immigrants and refugees when they arrive in this great country. That need is as great now as it ever has been in the past.
The reader will note that the author still has an affinity for the shorter forms of poetry, inspired by the Japanese haiku and tanka forms. However, sometimes a longer poem seems more appropriate.
Men of War for some there is no war unloved but they do not send their own sons Emily of Amherst she quivers on edge a dancing ghost, transparent; bound in enigma
Dr. Robert W. Barker has worked as an international gold explorer in some of the more remote corners of five continents. He has written two novels, The Devil's Chosen, an exploration of the decisions of the Holocaust, and Nuclear Rogue, a modern thriller. View From A Hillside is his fifth book of poetry. The subject of the poetry ranges from comments on our times to the tensions of personal relationships. Dr. Barker currently lives in western Massachusetts.