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Lawyers and Poetry

Lakenan Barnes


We learned about Lakenan Barnes by way of J. Wesley Miller's introductory essay on "Legal Poetry" which appears in Ina Russelle Warren (ed.), The Lawyer's Alcove: Poems by the Lawyer, for the Lawyer and about the Lawyer i-xii (Buffalo, New York: William S. Hein & Co., reprint ed., 1990)(New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1900). Barnes was, at one time, the prosecuting attorney of Audrain County.

Two poems by Barnes, "Felicity of Phrase" and "The Law" appear in the American Bar Association Journal, vol. 62 (12)(December, 1976), p. 1656. The heading for the poems is "Poems by Lakenan Barnes, Mexico, Missouri." We also find a poem by Barnes in the Evergreen Review, vol. 11, 1967.