Calling in the Bones   (June 2005)


By Carol Barrett

ISBN: 978-0-912592-53-4

Calling in the Bones is the 2002 winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize.

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Carol Barrett's poems seamlessly combine grace and rigor.  The result for the reader is delight, and the linguistic/emotional provocations unique to poetry.  Barrett gives us the stringencies of accurate naming, but does so in such a way that the mystery of the physical world is admitted, and retained. Without a trace of sentimentality, her poems translate this mystery into human terms: "something about the actual sound of the fog/ laying its slow film on the handrail" ("Fog Horn").  Calling in the Bones is a generous book, containing an abundant variety of tone, wit, form, and strong feeling.  Its publication is cause for unmitigated celebration.

- Jeffrey Skinner


Carol Barrett's poems in Calling in the Bones tell engaging stories about people of the past and the present, stories of events occurring in circumstances she understands well and portrays with skill.  Barrett subtly reveals insights rising from the connections established, and sometimes broken, with ancestors and families, among neighbors and acquaintances, and with the land.  Her selected subjects are portrayed with compassion, honesty and good humor, with detail, originality and the talents of a fine writer. These stories and their worlds live in her poetry.

- Pattiann Rogers


Carol Barrett's narratives document the suffering and fecundity of an ensemble cast: a mapmaker, a sleep technician, a man who would eat soap are only a few of the actors celebrated by this poet for their small acts of bravery in an all-too-human world.

- Sandra Alcosser


About the Author

Carol Barrett's Calling in the Bones is the 2002 winner of the Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Her chapbook, Drawing Lessons, appeared in 2002 from Finishing Line Press. Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Barrett is both a Core Professor and administrator with the Union Institute & University.

 

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