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Poets show the nature of Canada with books

Poets show the nature of Canada with books
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Biblioasis, 96 pages, $19.95

Toronto writer Mike Barnes opens his third poetry collection with a remarkable suite of poems written just before and during his admission for psychiatric treatment in 1977. They give evidence of a disturbed mind, but also a creative one; the poems are jumpy with agitation, delusions and a haunting sense of frailty conveyed in striking imagery: “I am alone:/a delicate saw of bone under a bone sky,” he writes in one poem. Other poems in which he takes stock of his life are more narrative, but tightly structured and lyrical in sensibility. He writes affectingly of his struggles with mental illness (“a picking up and dropping again/of the pieces I could salvage/ in a swamp between dread waters and dry land”) but also of finding joy in small things, which he describes in evocative metaphors: snowflakes are “cold fireflies,” the shiny shell of a tiny bug is the “dome/of some microscopic faith.”
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