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The In​-​Between: Nine Poems of Jane Barnes

by Gordon Beeferman, Jane Barnes, Laurie Rubin

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Traveling 03:27
1. TRAVELING You travel in a dream. It is night. You wake at dawn in the new city. It is more stylish than yours and there is lively music, everything free. New friends, finding you exotic, throw their arms around you, guide you through the crowds, introduce you to your new lover who has an innocence you never expected. They offer you a job, twice the money, half the hours. You learn the language, send back gold to the relatives, make fun of the old country. You have perfect children. They are citizens and never ask where you come from.


The In-Between: Nine Poems of Jane Barnes
Music by Gordon Beeferman (2010)

Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano www.laurierubinmusic.com
Gordon Beeferman, piano

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released October 16, 2020

Poems by Jane Barnes from "The In-Between: Selected Poems 1982-2006" © Jane Barnes, used by permission
Recorded March 10, 2015
Joe Patrych Sound Studios, Bronx, NY
Engineer: Joe Patrych
Edited by Gordon Beeferman
Mixed and mastered by Kato Hideki
All tracks are BMI

© 2020 Jane Barnes and Gordon Beeferman. All rights reserved.

Cover art: "Flying-Storyboard" by C. Finley. Used by permission. www.iamfinley.com

JANE BARNES was born in Brooklyn, NY, raised in Northern California, and moved to Boston in 1966. In Boston, she co-founded the literary newspaper DARK HORSE, which came out quarterly from 1974 to 1980. Her poems and short fiction have been published in numerous magazines and journals including Sojourner, Harvard Review, Poetry Now, and Women’s Review of Books, and major anthologies including Gay and Lesbian Poetry of Our Time (St. Martin’s). In 1987 she received a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award for her short story “Counterpoint,” which is engraved on a column outside Boston’s Back Bay Station. In Boston she taught English and novel writing, and taught poetry classes for mentally ill adults at Shattuck Hospital. In 1998, Jane moved to New York, where she currently lives. She has taught English and writing at CUNY, NYU, and in NYC public schools.

The poems in this song cycle are from Jane’s manuscript THE IN-BETWEEN: SELECTED POEMS 1982-2007. “The Republic of Mania” was previously published in The Massachusetts Review.


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GORDON BEEFERMAN is a composer, pianist, and improviser based in New York City. An eclectic and omnivorous musician who straddles numerous genres, he has created and performed innovative opera, chamber and orchestra music, avant-jazz, and numerous collaborations with choreographers, writers, and video artists. ... more

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