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Mary Barnet

Mary Barnet, American poet, published 86 Sonnets for the 21st Century in 2015 & is being nominated for a second time for a Pushcart Prize. Her first book, The New American: Selected Poems (Gilford Press 2006) was nominated for a Nobel Prize. It has been reviewed by Adam Donaldson Powell who calls the poems "carefully tailored pearls." Janet Brennan, in her review of The New American, calls it "intelligent and stunning poetry." Grace Cavalieri says Mary is "a light to many Poets and to the World."

Her second book was Arrival. Of it Salvatore Buttaci says in his review: "Mary Barnet works magic into her poetry."

86 Sonnets for the 21st Century, her most recent book, has been commented on by many prominent colleagues.

Comments on 86 Sonnets for the 21st Century:

"What could be better than a blend of golden lyricism and stainless steel images? Mary Barnet's sonnets carry the grace of the ages; while artist Richard Schiff illuminates the book with sharp futuristic images. Art and poetry meld into contrasts of startling beauty. This is a verbal and visual treasure. A keepsake." -Grace Cavalieri, acclaimed prize winning poet and Host of The Poet and The Poem from the Library of Congress; National Public Radio (USA); Author of: The Man Who Got Away

Her recent 3 books were preceded by 4 chapbooks; Orchidia, Dad's Shoes, and Landscape. Her books are accompanied by the artwork of Richard E. Schiff, a Life Member of The Art Students' League of New York.

Mary was the Featured Writer in a special edition of Poet magazine. Her work has appeared in Crossroads, Gusto, New Worlds Unlimited, The New Jersey Poetry Society Anthology, Funky Dog Publishing, Recursive Angel, The Greenwich Village Gazette, The Poem Factory, Numbat, The Pittsburgh Review, and elsewhere. Her poetry appears in the 2010 anthology Christmas Word Gifts.

Mary has read in Grace Church, and the Figaro Cafe, both in Greenwich Village, and the Avanti Gallery in Manhattan, as well as with the Saturday Afternoon Poets in libraries in New Jersey. She read at and directed a Seminar at a New Jersey Poetry Society Convention. She won The New Jersey Poetry Society's Poetry Prize.

Mary's work has been translated into, among other languages, Russian and Spanish.

She is founder, and chief editor of PoetryMagazine.com, founded in 1996, longest running, continuously published poetry magazine on the Internet.

She is the wife of artist and film-maker Richard E. Schiff. He has work in the Whitney family collection and The Museum of Fine Arts, Jerusalem, as well as many prominent collections around the world. He contributed to, and appears in, the Academy Award winning documentary Freeheld now being made into a Feature Film. Mary is the daughter of artists Mary Sinclair and Will Barnet.

86 Sonnets for the 21st Century  Arrival