Human Hours: Poems

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6.6 X 0.3 X 8.9 inches | 0.4 pounds
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About the Author

Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced and The Game of Boxes. She has received a Whiting Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She lives in New York City.


"A fast-paced but unflappable tour of hotels, airports, college drop-offs, gynecologists' offices and the cafes of Lower Manhattan. . . . The moments of stillness in Human Hours are equally compelling."--The New York Times Book Review

"[Human Hours] brim[s] with emotional intelligence."--The New York Times Style Magazine

"Barnett's marvelous third collection is populated by devastatingly wry (and wryly devastating) poems about aging, time, and the existential predicaments--violence, trauma, consciousness itself. . . . Iconoclastic and penetrating, the speaker of these poems unsettles and enlivens."--Vulture

"[Human Hours] unspools in a conversational, free-associative idiom. . . . Even in our darkest hours, the poems insist, company and comedy are never far away."

"[Catherine Barnett's] new poems, collected in Human Hours, display a new and beautifully-feathered sense of doubt. They say in the kindest way that doubt, in its best form, can be a way of knowing. . . . Watching each of these poems dive after a target and swerve away is simply breathtaking."--John Freeman, Literary Hub

"A book-long meditation on time marked by vigorous inquiry. . . . Barnett's interrogations are unrelenting, occasionally riddles, like koans, posed in response to life's challenges. . . . But there is a constant search for answers, through an interrogation of the everyday."--American Poets

"Barnett's style is conversational, convivial. . . . The poems in Human Hours both disrupt time and hold it in place."--Ploughshares

"[Barnett] thread[s] in little lines of soaring lyric grace, laying them comfortably alongside mundane concerns."--On the Seawall

"Elegantly understated. . . . The emotional depth and observational nuance of these poems is something to behold."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"These unforgettable poems, interrogating a singular life so precisely, draw us into the precarious nature of being human."--Claudia Rankine

"Barnett uses her extraordinary poetic skills not simply to manage her not-knowing but to unleash it. . . . These poems are elixir, and they burn."--Mary Szybist