Family Photos

Family Photos, by Arlin Buyert, is an ekphrastic tour de force, beautifully wrought up in the emotional terrain of ancestry, geography and the ongoingness of blood. These poems are written in language as spare and evocative as a Walker Evans photograph. They move, frame to frame – along with the literal vintage photographs that comprise the journey – through the often precarious terrain of memory. This is a wonderful book.
— Joseph Bathanti, Poet Laureate of North Carolina

Family Photos, is available online at and It also can be purchased at Prospero's in Kansas City and at The Raven in Lawrence, KS and The Book Juggler bookstore in Memphis, TN.

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Select poems from Family Photos:

King and Kernel
Front Pasture
Sister Berdie
Remnants of Sorrow
It Was Morning
Old Bethel Church
Shade Tree
Tool Shed