Five Poems

“Where but to think is to be full of sorrow,” “Unoccupied Time,” “Still Life,” “How to Prepare,” “Ars Poetica”

Amanda Wild/Flickr
Amanda Wild/Flickr
Permission required for reprinting, reproducing, or other uses.

Catherine BarnettCatherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced, The Game of Boxes, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets, and Human Hours. She teaches at New York University and Hunter College.


Login to view the full article

If you are a current digital subscriber, login here.

Need to register?

Already a subscriber through The American Scholar Digital or Print/Digital Combination? Click here to register for our site.

Are you a Phi Beta Kappa sustaining member? Click here to register for our site.

Want to subscribe?

If you would like to subscribe and gain complete access to our website, click here.

Are you a print subscriber that would like digital access too? Click here.


Please enter a valid email address
That address is already in use
The security code entered was incorrect
Thanks for signing up