Come Thunder by Barbara Helfgott Hyett

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Come Thunder is Barbara Helfgott Hyett’s most intimate collection, and her most daring. These poems speak of and from the lost world—the world of childhood, first, and later, the world of a mind. They charm us with, as Helfgott Hyett might say, Barbara Bravado—but make no mistake: these poems fight for their lives.”

– Brittany Perham, author of Double Portrait


Come Thunder

Poetry by Barbara Helfgott Hyett


Barbara Helfgott Hyett’s literary career began with her first book, In Evidence: Poems of the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps (1986)She published widely in the years that followed, including The Tracks We Leave (1996), a pioneer in the genre of ecopoetry. Her other books, Natural Law, The Double Reckoning of Christopher Columbus, and Rift are all highly acclaimed. Helfgott Hyett has been the recipient of many awards, including The Boston Foundation’s Artist Fellowship Award, The New England Poetry Club’s Gertrude Warren Prize, and two Massachusetts Cultural Council grants, among others. Her extensive work as a literary citizen includes co-founding the Writer’s Room of Boston in addition to teaching poetic craft across all levels. The vibrant community she fostered through her signature workshop, PoemWorks, continues to thrive today.