Quotes by Quan Barry

"To be anything but kind in the face of male desire was dangerous. Nobody had to teach us this lesson—it was just something we knew from the earliest days on the playground."

"Remember that darkness simply requires another way of seeing. Be your own light. And just like that, you’ll find yourself everywhere instantly."

"Maybe that was their magic. Having fun and enjoying one another’s company. Being lifted up even when you were being beaten down."

"We danced all night. We danced the length of one song. We danced for just a moment. May we be so lucky as to still be dancing under the light of the Harvest Moon three hundred years on!"

"[E]ach of us a candle in the darkness, because while the moon is our soul sister, unlike her we are no one’s reflection—we shine in dark places by the light of our own being."


Books by Quan Barry

  • Asylum
  • 95 ratings
  • August 2nd 2001 by University of Pittsburgh Press
  • Controvertibles
  • 48 ratings
  • September 26th 2004 by University of Pittsburgh Press

    (first published 2004)

  • Water Puppets
  • 37 ratings
  • August 28th 2011 by University of Pittsburgh Press

    (first published January 1st 2011)

  • Loose Strife
  • 25 ratings
  • January 7th 2015 by University of Pittsburgh Press
Quan Barry
  • Quan Barry

  • Born: Saigon, Viet Nam.

  • Description: Born in Saigon and raised on Boston’s north shore, Quan Barry is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of four poetry books; her third book, Water Puppets, won the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and was a PEN/Open Book finalist. She has received NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in such publications as Ms. and The New Yorker. Barry lives in Wisconsin.