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The Game of Boxes: Poems
88 pages; Graywolf Press
These lucid, nuanced poems implore us to "marvel at the visible." Children try to understand the "mystery" of growing older and a handsome pharmacist prescribes a lonely woman the moon as a kind of balm. In the process, Barnett reveals the happiness that exists despite—and alongside—the inevitability of loss. "Welcome, traveler!" she writes. "You might as well stay a while and kneel to happiness."
— Deborah Landau