Madeleine Barnes

Madeleine Barnes (Poetry) | Pittsburgh, PA

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Madeleine Barnes is a poet and visual artist from Pittsburgh, PA. Her poetry and artwork have appeared or are forthcoming in places like Pleiades, Jai-Alai Magazine, Rogue Agent, BOXCAR Poetry Review, The Rattling Wall, Yew Journal, Three Rivers Review, The Rattling Wall, Washington Square Review, Cordella Magazine, and the Pittsburgh Poetry Review. Her chapbook, The Mark My Body Draws in Light, was published in 2014. She received her M.Phil in Creative Writing from Trinity College Dublin, and her MFA from New York University.


The Mark My Body Draws in Light (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Poetry.
The Mark My Body Draws in Light (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Poetry.

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The Mark My Body Draws In Light often speaks directly to you. “You are speaking with your fingertips,” “Your tired brain floats above you,” “you have quarters for a song…” The wonderful poems of Madeleine Barnes are lyrics, epistles, and prayers that, in addressing you, welcome you into her capacious heart. You become a lover, an eavesdropper, a friend, you become both the wounded and the one who wounds. These poems display miraculous intimacy and compassion. “Throw your voice into this valley and it comes back a mountain,” Barnes writes. “You’ve done nothing unforgivable, say it. Transform many times.”
—Terrance Hayes

“This debut collection exudes the confidence and nuance–the craft–of a veteran poet. The quiet passion and intimate grace of these poems plant us firmly in the physical world as one remarkable image after another blossoms around us. Exquisite. Lush. Big poems about smallness–everything we don’t notice, but should. Their evocative furious dreaming flashes across the pages liked the arced lightning of the heart.”
—Jim Daniels

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