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Sunlight, the debut poetry collection from Barbara Chung, illuminates the joy of being alive even in a deeply troubled world. It reveals the magic in life’s day-to-day moments, whether tending a garden, sharing food with friends, or caring for beloved dogs. The poems move delicately and gracefully between the ordinary and the transcendent, tracing the ways they are bound together. In doing so, Sunlight celebrates beauty in life as a worthy end for its own sake and as a means of survival, perseverance, and transformation.


Heart began in conversations amongst friends: loving, genuine exchanges of life experiences, whether good, bad, or somewhere in between. This collection of haikus is about feelings because we all have them, and because true friends can be trusted with our sorrows and—more importantly—our joys. The poems explore disparate elements ranging from gardens to boxing, jealousy to salsa, sailing to motherhood, and what they say about living truthfully with ourselves. Heart is a chat with a trusted friend, one who perceives our flaws and our beauty without flinching.


About Barbara

Barbara Chung is a writer, poet, and naturalist. She is the author of the poetry collection Sunlight and the chapbook Heart. Along with writing, she serves as a business strategy advisor and tends her garden, a certified wildlife habitat. Barbara holds an A.B. in English from Harvard University and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School of Management. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

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