Kathy Barron writes some of the most sensuous poetry I've ever seen.
Kathy is featured in both Fat Poets Speak: Voices of the Fat Poets' Society and Fat Poets Speak 2: Living and Loving Fatly. Dr. Deah Schwartz, presentation chair, read "Fat Bitch," one of Kathy's poems from FPS 1, at a Fat Studies presentation for the Popular Culture Association in Albuquerque about a month ago, and it was a smash hit.
But when you read poems Kathy has written for FPS 2, you become aware of a poet who has learned to express her joy and hotness in images redolent of the Florida sun in which they were created and written. Somehow the images fit their creator. It is more than that, however. Somehow Kathy's images communicate the place, the time and their writer so perfectly that they are indeed a perfect embodiment of Kathy - luscious, joyous, questing, teasing, tasting, wondering, wandering, drinking it all in.
We are so lucky that Kathy graces the pages of both books in poetic form.