Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Review of "Acts of Mind" by Catherine Barnett

"Acts of Mind" by Catherine Barnett was offered by Poets.org's Poem-A-Day on October 7, 2013.  A link to the poem may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/23710

Ms. Barnett was the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.  She currently teaches at the New School and New York University.  A more extensive bio of the poet may be found here:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/1147?utm_source=PAD%3A+Acts+of+Mind+by+Catherine+Barnett&utm_campaign=poemaday_100713&utm_medium=email


The poem opens with the speaker entering a grocery--I envision an upscale one such as Fresh Market, but perhaps that is because one just opened down the street from me recently.  The speaker remarks upon the goods for sale and flirts with the barista at the coffee kiosk.  The poem ends on a giddy note with the speaker envisioning herself sailing high (in both senses of the word) "high above the Tuileries" (pictured).

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