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The Book of Baruchio, poems by Bruce Barton

"The Book of Baruchio contains the outpourings of a spiritual man, who wrestles and dances with Hashem. Bruce Barton’s poems are divine sparks inseparable from his faith as the words of the Torah are from the Torah scroll itself.”
                —Willa Schneberg, author of In the Margins of the World
                    winner of the Oregon Book Award

Imagine a mirror broken into dozens of pieces—each piece a poem that needs the others to be complete and whole again. The Book of Baruchio is such a mirror, and like any mirror it reflects back upon the one who looks into it. These touching and often humorous poems are a delight to read. They start in the heart, reach into the mind, and travel all the way up to the soul.
 I’ve had the privilege of witnessing many of the events that led to the creation of these poems. Reading them was a journey into my past,  but at the deepest level this collection is a journey into each of our futures.
                   —Rabbi David Zaslow,  author of Thou Shalt Wander 
                       and, forthcoming, Jesus, First-Century Rabbi


Bruce Barton is the author of The Last Poems of the 20th Century (Wellstone Press) and co-author of A Path Through Stone: A Cycle of Poems. His poems, articles, and essays have appeared in independent newspapers and magazines. During his many years in business, he wrote advertising copy for radio, television, newspapers and the internet. He was often invited to speak on Jewish customs at churches, and in high school and college classes. Barton’s poems can be heard at

from the Foreword

The saving grace of art, the arrangement of words and images, the belief in something greater than themselves, the intention of good actions to help them through the day, prepare them for the day after and fend off the demons until the next time Garrett Miller and Bruce Barton can meet.

     At some point during Saturday morning services, hiking a forest path where light diverted by pine needles angles to the ground with purpose, driving on the back roads through deteriorating Southern Oregon orchards in a classic car, singing pop tunes mixed with liturgical songs in Hebrew, or in the confines of a local restaurant on any given work day, the heavy-set artist addresses the slim writer as “Baruchio.”

Also by Bruce Barton. For more info, please go to bookstore or click on image.

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