Writings of Barry Etris

Written works by Barry Etris allows one to enjoy a beautifully crafted piece, while at the same time provoking thought and often challenging one to be “better”. Perhaps his written works, song or manuscript, can be best explained in the words of Candace Conard when she was Executive Editor of a southern publishing company and read a manuscript penned by Barry:

“I receive many manuscripts, but few have moved me to read the entire submission, and none have moved me to tears … some of laughter, some of remembering… You are a writer far beyond your songs.”

Candace Conard

“There are places that need no historical marker because they are haunted; haunted by the spirits of men in blue and gray, now a part of the soil they fought over. If you stand quietly and listen, you can sense the clash of arms and see the skirmish, as if the gnarled old trees can’t forget and whisper their story to your imagination…”

From “Faces & Songs”
— Barry Etris

“As a small wheel in the movement of a clock is turned rapidly by the cogs of a larger wheel making slower revolutions, so the seasons are turned by the years… each one bringing its own special tradition.”

From “Faces & Songs”
— Barry Etris

“Christmas was best of all; long anticipated but seemingly never going to arrive again, rare and wonderful in those days before the years had turned too many revolutions. It would descend warmly over that little community, enigmatically breaking down indifferences among its residents to make good neighbors even better ones.”

From “Faces & Songs”
— Barry Etris