Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced

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The family response to the sudden deaths of the speaker's two young nieces is at the center of Catherine Barnett's award-winning first collection. This series of elegies records the transit of grief, observing with an unflinching eye how a singular traumatic event can permanently alter our understanding of time, danger, the material world and family. Marked by clarity and restraint, these lyric poems narrate a suspenseful, wrenching story that explores the depths and limits of ...

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Overview

The family response to the sudden deaths of the speaker's two young nieces is at the center of Catherine Barnett's award-winning first collection. This series of elegies records the transit of grief, observing with an unflinching eye how a singular traumatic event can permanently alter our understanding of time, danger, the material world and family. Marked by clarity and restraint, these lyric poems narrate a suspenseful, wrenching story that explores the depths and limits of empathy.

“Living Room Altar”

Except for the shirt pulled from the ocean,
except for her hands, which keep folding the shirt,
except for her body, which once held their bodies,

my sister wants everything back now—

If there were a god who could out of empty shells
carried by waves to shore
make amends—

If the ocean saved in a jar
could keep from turning to salt—

She’s hearing things:

bird calling to bird,
cat outside the door,
thorn of the blackberry against the trellis.

"These heart-breaking poems of an all-too-human life stay as absolute as the determined craft which made them. There is finally neither irony nor simple despair in what they record. Rather, it is the far deeper response of witness, of recognizing what must be acknowledged and of having the courage and the care to say so." —Robert Creeley

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882295456
  • Publisher: Alice James Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 877,794
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Catherine Barnett won the 2003 Beatrice Hawley Award for her first collection of poems, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, which was published by Alice James Books in 2004. Her honors include a 2004 Whiting Writers Award, the 2004 Glasgow Prize for Emerging Writers, a 2005 Pushcart Prize, and a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, Barrow Street, Shenandoah, Interim, The Hat, and The Washington Post. She teaches creative writing at NYU and lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Frontispiece
The return 3
From the fence around the school 4
Aubade 5
Transcript 6
Nits 8
Site 9
Living room altar 10
Ritual 11
After trying to calculate the weight of a six-year-old 12
Duration 15
Site, II 16
As by giving or letting go 17
The disbelieving 21
Into perfect spheres such holes are pierced 23
Refusal 24
The return, II 25
Site, III 26
Portrait 27
Still life with no end 28
Two girls, white sky 29
What the naked eye looks for but cannot find 30
While my sister sleeps 31
Site, IV 32
Journal 33
Theology 37
Evening in the garden 39
Meditation on falling 41
Part to stand for whole 42
Vashon Island, Washington 43
Ninth birthday 45
As if by fastening 46
Book of lies 47
Home 48
Body of water, body of glass 51
Family reunion 52
Still life with departure 53
Still life with paper and thread 54
Child learning to write 55
Pitch and black lift 57
Dinosaur park 58
Scratch harvest 60
Story 61
Memento Mori 62
Broken clock 63
Son with older boys 64
River 65
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