I have known Sylvia Barnard since my undergraduate days at SUNY-Albany & we have been colleagues in the Albany poetry scene since I moved back here a number of years ago. I also featured her at Poets in the Park last year & she will read in the Third Thursday series this month. While she was preparing the manuscript of her book she asked me to read through it for her & I offered a number of suggestions.
It was a pleasure to see Sylvia surrounded by friends at the Book House this Saturday afternoon. She talked briefly about her life & her poetry, with reminiscences of the early days of the Albany poetry scene. She read a generous selection of her poems, which in many ways is an autobiography in verse, with poems of memory of her youth, her mother & her ancestors, of her daughter, her loves & losses, & her travels to Britain, Greece, Cyprus, & elsewhere.
Her book is available at the Book House & anyone interested in the poets of the Albany scene, or who just likes good poetry, should have the book in their collection.