Catherine Barnett is the author of Into Perfect Spheres Such Holes Are Pierced and The Game of Boxes, which won the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets. She teaches at NYU and Hunter College. Human Hours, her third collection of poems, will be published in September. (July 2018)


The Sky Flashes

Often when I’m in despair I turn to the back page of The New Yorker and try to think up something funny to say. The little drawings are so succinct it can be hard to tell who’s talking. Berryman’s Life, friends, is boring, …