site is dedicated to the memory of Carrie Campbell Alston,
in whose loving hands I first saw a book of poetry ."
Mary Barnet’s first book was The New American/Selected
poems.. 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 poets and the
Most recently she has been nominated for a
Pushcart Prize for her book, Arrival. They were preceded by 4 chapbooks, including Orchidia and Landscape.
Her books are
accompanied by the artwork of Richard E. Schiff, a Life Member of the Art
Student’s League of New York.
the Featured Writer in a special edition of Poet magazine. Her poetry 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.
read in Judson Church and Grace Church, and the Figaro Cafe, all 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. Mary's work
has been translated into, among other languages, Russian and Spanish. She is
founder, and chief editor of PoetryMagazine.com and produces internet poetry
films with Richard Schiff.
, online since 1996, has been cited twice since it’s inception by USA
Today, the newspaper, and at their web site.
Access Magazine acclaimed her
periodical recently and it was cited by THE WEB magazine as a Hot Site
recently. Mary works closely with Grace Cavalieri of the Library of Congress
and NPR satellite radio and presents the work of many Poet Laureates on
PoetryMagazine.com. Mary also writes short stories and children’s stories.
She was born in the middle of the last century and resides in New Jersey.
Mary’s work has been reviewed by
Powell who says it “represents
the tradition of Americana – both re-visited and updated.” Powell has also
stated That “many of these poems are carefully tailored pearls that could
only have been written by a mature artist.” JB Stillwater of Casa de
Snapdragon publishers calls her work “intelligent and stunning
poetry”. She comments that her poetry “weaves her own images of her
beautiful homeland into her poetry as only a lover of life can do” and says
her work conveys the“values that our country was founded upon”. Grace
Cavalieri has said she “is a light to poets and the world...” All in all,
Mary Barnet represents the “New American” writer.
free agent, she has never aligned herself with movements or groups,
preferring to remain as uninfluenced by anything more than she is her own
vision, and her muse as
well as her own independently arrived at very positive philosophy.
As a poet and patriot who traces her ancestry to early
America, Mary Barnet, 60, believes in America as a nation
whose very 'core' is built on Freedom of Speech, Assembly, and Religion.
is a formal quarterly publication that harkens to the new electronic era and the huge
audience now available to poets that did not exist when distribution of
poetry relied on small paper pamphlets and a few elite magazines.
Mary also founded
www.The-Manhattanite.com on the Internet, a repository of short fiction,
where such prominent international writers as Elisha Porat are presented, as
well as American authors of note.
Three of Mary's own children's stories, with illustrations by her husband
Richard Schiff, are available on the Internet.
Mary is the daughter of artist Mary Sinclair and painter Will Barnet.
of The Poet and the Poem which can be heard
on National Public Radio has said that she is
"a light to many poets and to the world.'
Named Poet of the Millennium
at The Inaugural Function of the World Peace Centre
by Chairman Dr.. Krisna Srinivas, Chairman, Prof. Ameeruddin,
Justice S. Mohan
by The International Poets Academy
for Laudable influences over humanity...
TO EFFECT HUMANISTIC CHANGES IN THE VERY THINKING OF MANKIND
to establish world peace and universal brotherhood -
in this New Millennium.
Mary Barnet, who is Senior Editor and founder of
Editorial by Dr. Krishna Srinivas from
International Poets, March 1995
Mary Barnet , is a name to reckon with in the firmament of contemporary world
poetry today. She has established a comfortable place as a shining star in
the galaxy of world poets. The uniqueness about Mary is, she is a poet with
a difference. She is a poet by inclination and artist by temperament. She
is highly sensitive, pragmatic, philosophical and metaphysical in her poetic
expression and highly meaningful in her social and humanitarian concerns.
Her imagery is mindblowing. Her symbolism is baffling and multidimensional.
She hails from a very distinguished family of artists, and she has given to
the parnassian world very superb and pensive poems, worth remembering for
generations to come. Hence the editorial board takes pride in bringing out
this special number...There is an underlying honesty and integrity of
language, of emotion, of form in her poetry. She has a natural feel for
language. Her expression is lucid, facile and spontaneous.
"Mary Barnet's craftsmanship is perfect and her language is simple,
direct, lucid and lilting...with her facile, magical, eloquent and vibrating verses. Her
poetry is rich with verbal ecstasy, confessional exuberance, visual beauty and imagistic
delicacy.. She is contemplative and descriptive like Frost and Sylvia Plath.
existential and surrealistic concerns are like - Auden and Baudelaire. In her
and symbolic beauty, she is like Keats, Yeats and Rimbaud. She celebrates man and his
inner psyche. She contemplates on human behavior, nature and [the] universe....Mary
other significant poets, rises above the confines of a generation...Poetry lovers all over
the world will be overwhelmed by going through her fine, forceful and facile poems,"
Prof. SYED AMEERUUDIN.
Introduction "New" Work
New Millennium: Old and New
© Copyright, 2006, Mary Barnet.
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