Catherine Barnett

Poet, editor, and teacher Catherine Barnett was born in Washington, D.C. and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She studied at Princeton University and at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Barnett is the author of two collections of poetry: Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced (Alice James Books, 2004) and The Game of Boxes (Graywolf Press, 2012), which was the recipient of the 2012 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets.

Of Barnett's work, April Bernard has noted, "With subtle and cumulative force, The Game of Boxes builds a complex poetic structure in which fundamental questions about motherhood, trust, eroticism, and spiritual meaning are posed and then set into motion in relation to one another. The mind is delighted, the spirit enthralled, by this wonderful book."

Her awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award. She also works as an independent editor and as Writer-in-Residence at the Children's Museum of Manhattan where she teaches writing to mothers in the shelter system.

Barnett has been the Visiting Poet at Barnard College and teaches at the New School and New York University.

Poems found:
Acts of Mind by Catherine Barnett
What's funny about this place
Chorus by Catherine Barnett
So who mothers the mothers
Living Room Altar by Catherine Barnett
Except for the shirt pulled from the ocean,
Providence by Catherine Barnett
This evening I shared a cab with a priest
Sojourn by Catherine Barnett
My son took a picture of me
Sweet Double, Talk-Talk [iv.] by Catherine Barnett
I know agape means both dumbly
Textbook & Absence (Anatomy) by Catherine Barnett
At school he studies the human body

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