Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced

ISBN-10: 1882295455

ISBN-13: 9781882295456

Edition: 2004

Authors: Catherine Barnett

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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 empathy. "Altar" Except for her own hands, . except for her own hands that keep folding the shirt pulled from the ocean, . except for her own body that because it once held theirs . must still hold something of theirs, . 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 water on my sister's hands. could keep from turning to teaspoons of salt-. She's hearing things: . bird calling to bird, . cat outside the door, . thorn of the blackberry pressed 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 Creely
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List price: $13.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Alice James Books
Publication date: 5/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.242
Language: English

The return
From the fence around the school
Living room altar
After trying to calculate the weight of a six-year-old
Site, II
As by giving or letting go
The disbelieving
Into perfect spheres such holes are pierced
The return, II
Site, III
Still life with no end
Two girls, white sky
What the naked eye looks for but cannot find
While my sister sleeps
Site, IV
Evening in the garden
Meditation on falling
Part to stand for whole
Vashon Island, Washington
Ninth birthday
As if by fastening
Book of lies
Body of water, body of glass
Family reunion
Still life with departure
Still life with paper and thread
Child learning to write
Pitch and black lift
Dinosaur park
Scratch harvest
Memento Mori
Broken clock
Son with older boys
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