Forward, Never Straight is Barrick’s meandering attempt to address the complexities of growing up terribly queer in the clutches of religion, exploring the nuance of friendship, the fundamental loneliness of an introvert and the volatile nature of shame. The body of their poetry has depth, smooth edges and gut-wrenching honesty. Replete with heartache and humor, Forward, Never Straight, is less of a gut punch and more of a belly rub and a good one at that.

Forward, Never Straight