“The sun was ours; you kept all of it, you wouldn’t follow me. And it was then I found out about those things behind the gold and silk:
we don’t have time. The messengers were right.” -George Seferis
"Each poem is a chiseled granite diamond. They dazzle, and wound, and won't be dismissed. Your life will never be the same once you've held one in your hand."
Ishmael's book Intimate Geography won the 2012 San Diego Book Award for Poetry.
—Karen Kenyon, author of Sunshower and The Brontë Family: Passionate Literary Geniuses
"Precariously positioned between blades or floating ecstatically, enigmatically between mirrors, found in the operation theater or a Babylonian brick, the bounties or the bankruptcy of the human spirit, Ishmael von Heidrick-Barnes' poetry offers the challenge to continue changing the lens with which we see the world. These poems are a gift of sharply focused insights and deep compassion."
—Shadab Zeest Hashmi, author of Baker of Tarifa
"My dear poet of the people, places and times we live in, I have struggled to carve out some time to convey my deep gratitude and affection to you.
The total significance of winding down SDFP hasn't sunk in completely yet--but it has slowly been seeping into my soul. It has truly been a great and noble notion which has shaped my life for over six years.
Your weekly poems, with their lush, immediate language and compelling sentiments have helped to keep my spirits from flagging on so many occasions."
- Anna Daniels, Editor at the SDFP