The Prairie Fire Review Falls for Gary Barwin, Poet of the Mundane and the Maniacal

By John Herbert Cunningham
Prairie Fire Review of Books
December 1 2011

Writing for the Prairie Fire Review of Books, John Herbert Cunningham revels in the delightful absurdity of Gary Barwin's latest Coach House collection, The Porcupinity of the Stars, which, despite its echoes of Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams, is reducible to nothing but itself:

'Perhaps what I admire most about Barwin is his openness to his environment ... Barwin brings a delightfully refreshing reality to the page. He teaches us to see in new ways, even sometimes with the eyes of a child. In his world, words are building blocks. He uses them to erect monuments both to the mundane and to the maniacal.'

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