Publisher : United Artists Books
Publication Date : September 15, 2020
ISBN : 0935992502
Category : Poetry
Paperback : 92 pages
Cover Art : Allen Saperstein
Book Design: HR Hegnauer
Barbara Henning’s Digigram is unrelenting in its collaging of reality, visions, and thought buds. Sometimes diaristic and newsy, this is edgy poetry that moves beyond the tricks of fashion. An agitated style centralizes the subjects—heartless immigration policies, women’s rights, weather, racism, virulent patriarchy, compromised democracy, family, daily life, sex, spirituality. In this book we get glimpses of Henning’s assertive and experiential humanism. Pointedly political. Digigram is the work of a major writer. Uche Nduka
Digigram pulses in and out like a telegraphic beacon. Both emotional archive and urgent transmis- sion, Barbara Henning records a daily exchange with transnational historic events, the memories of city streets, intimacies both brief and endless. With each digigram a message is passed between the day and the mystery, the event and its shadow, the poet and the whole world. Laura Henriksen
Digigram is an expedition through the uneven rhythms in which we’re all immersed, a telegram from our digital travels through the tragedy and the beauty we’re all close to at any moment. Languages culled from all levels of consciousness and experience—political tumult, daily routine, newspaper stories, anonymous conversations, flashes of memory—leap across the hyphens that join each thought-phrase to the next. Sensitive, caring and unwilling to accept the injustice happening the world over, Barbara Henning has given us a vital, life-affirming book. Tony Iantosca
Digigram follows the path of Barbara Henning’s daily orbit into the roar and stammer of the universe just outside her apartment door – the politics of the hour, the wandering populace, the upheavals and intervals of all the treasured ordinary. An engaged participant and insightful commentator, Henning defines her times with riveting staccato observation and claims her place as part of that manifold citizenry. Maureen Owen
Reviews and Interviews:
Carla Scarano D’Antonio. “Barbara Henning’s Digigram,” The Temz Review, #15, Spring 2021.
Jim Feast. “Thought Interruptions, an Interview of Barbara Henning,” Rain Taxi. Online Edition, Summer 2021.
Ryan Nowlin. “Tracking Daily Life: Barbara Henning’s Digigram is Uncommon and Revelatory,” Boog City, #139, Feb 2021.
Ryan Nowlin. “What is the Young Poet to Do? An Interview with Barbara Henning.” Boog City, #139, Feb 2021.
Jim Feast. “Review of Digigram,” Fifth Estate Anarchist Review of Books, Winter 2021.
Rob McClennon. Review of Digigram, September 14, 2020.
Some online publications:
“We Wait,” The Fifth Estate 8, Summer 2019
Seven Poems, The Boog Reader, 2019
“Ever-Shifting” September 11, 2018
“On Air, On Land, On Sea” September 28, 2018
“Do Not Come” Califragile July 28, 2018
Dispatches Poetry Wars June 2018
Downtown Brooklyn, Spring 2018
Talisman, no 46, 2018
The Brooklyn Rail, Feb 2018
Journal of Poetics Research, Spring 2018
Live Mag Issue 14 2017
Posit: A Journal of Writing and Art, Issue 16, December 2017
Califragile, December 2017
Califragile, November 2017
Recluse, Issue 13, 2017
Have Your Chill (Donnithorne St Press 2017)
Rascal, Issue 1, 2017