You write a sentence or two, you stare out the window, pensively. Write some more words, look at the window, notice the leaves rustling, a squirrel on alert in a nearby tree. More writing, more looking. Perhaps a shove away from the desk, a short spell of pacing, then sitting down again this time to rearrange the words.

That’s writing in the wilderness. Part inspiration, part distraction, part heaven.

Poet John Barr’s writing studio, designed by architect Eric J. Smith, in the Connecticut forest allows for all three. Barr was once the head of the Poetry Foundation. Now he mostly retreats to his cabin in the woods. As would you with a library of more than 1,000 volumes of poetry, views of the surrounding maples and birches.


Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.

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