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Poetry by Barbara Archer 

Barbara has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and has worked as a book editor, freelance writer, and a teacher.  She lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.



© 2005 Barbara Archer






In this town it seems

there's a back way to everywhere,

paths that snake through woods 

from dead-end streets to places

a newcomer would not know how to expect.


Someone once decided that a quicker way

was worth moving boulders for,

hauled fallen limbs, even built 

small bridges over potential floods,

then chose to leave the entrances


If you don't already know where the shortcut is,

you will never find it.







All work is property of Barbara Archer.




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