Catherine Barnett is the author of a previous collection of poems, Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced. She has received a Whiting Writers' Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City and teaches at The New School and New York University. (Author photo by Jacqueline Mia Foster)
"In The Game of Boxes, Catherine Barnett's utterly clear lyrics start in the quotidian and then unpredictably take a sudden half-turn into another world—mythological, metaphorical, fantastic—and in so doing assume a crystalline other dimension. They refresh, clarify, and invigorate the mind."
"There is an ancient voice in these poems of our moment, rare and piercing, sometimes ecstatic....This collection is utterly modern, particular, and strange—strange as in not previously visited, strange as in deeply original."
"Barnett's poems are scrupulously restrained and beautifully made."
—Edward Hirsch, The Washington Post