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


Poet, professor and public lecturer, Barbara Helfgott Hyett has previously published five collections of poetry: In Evidence: Poems of the Liberation of Nazi Concentration Camps (1986), based on interviews with U.S. GI’s, was selected Booklist‘s Editor’s Choice. Her second collection, Natural Law (1989) includes poems about the history of Atlantic City, and was the first in the Salt River poetry series. The Double Reckoning of Christopher Columbus: 3 August-12 October 1492: Poems (1992), an epic poem about the 1492 voyage of the Columbian expedition. The Tracks We Leave: Poems on Endangered Wildlife of North America (1996) and Rift (2008) were widely reviewed. 
Helfgott Hyett taught English at the Teachers as Scholars program at Harvard, MIT, Trinity College, and Boston University, where she won the Sproat Award for Excellence in Teaching English. As a poet-in the-schools, she served over 200 communities and was artist-in-residence at the MFA and the Fuller Art Museums. She founded and was director of PoemWorks, the Workshop for Publishing Poets, in Brookline, Massachusetts.