Don't tell me the moon is shining;
show me the glint of light
on broken glass.
Anton Chekhov


Barb's poem, "When I Think of that Place I See It in Rain" is published in the April 2012 issue of Curbside Splendor's E-zine.  The poem and bio are published on pages 6,7,  and 8.


Please google "Carharrt" and click on Carharrt's home page (  Next, click on "It's Your Story, Tell Us About It."  Scroll down to my essay "Lending A Hand."
Country Dog Review has just published my poem, New Pasture, in their Spring/Summer  issue.  Click on Country Dog Review on the left side of the page.  Scroll down and click on my name to read the poem.  Click on my name again to go to the bio. 


Now available on Amazon and through the Finishing Line Press bookstore (click to the left of this entry) - Barb's new chapbook, Digging Bones

Jacket blurbs from Digging Bones:

From first-kiss Woody to husbands and lovers with
their boxes of junk, and finally down to her one true
love, their hands linked in a well-worn hinge,
Barb McMakin excavates her life.  Would we miss 
them any less if our time together had been perfect?
McMakin asks in this insightful collection.  These
poems unearth the treasure and pain of the ordinary,
the sudden and subtle realizations of a woman
who chooses to engage whole-heartedly with
those who people her world.

Mary O'Dell
President, Green River Writers

Barb McMakin writes the everyday but beneath
each poem is a well placed shadow.  Her free verse
echoes like rhyme. Come dig bones with this special
woman.  It is a quest you won't forget.

E. Gail Chandler
author of  Where the Red Road Meets the Sky

This stunning collection of poems is impeccably crafted.  Barb McMakin's Digging Bones
is a syntactic tour de force.  How beautiful.

Leah Maines
author of  Beyond the River


"The Sweet Letting Go" by Mary Ernie O'Dell

This is without a doubt the best story I've read in a long time!  I couldn't put it down (and didn't, except to take nourishment and go to the bathroom).  Reward yourself with the pleasure of its company -- you'll remember Jess and Ren long after the last page is turned.