The Winnipeg Free Press loves The Porcupinity of the Stars
Even though Barwin has supplemented what he calls his "old-school English language technology" (i.e. writing) with poetry-generating software, it is important to note that this is not a dispassionate surrealism.
There's a real depth of feeling and a surprising lyricism in these poems, such as 'Inside H':
"we mist the sky with our blue plum lungs / make heaven heron-dark with our breathing / fog the limits with spirit and blue exhalation."
Those who enjoy playing connect-the-dots can follow this poem back to Vancouver's bpNichol, who grew up in the H section of Winnipeg's Wildwood Park.
Literary sleuthing aside, this is a collection for both the heart and the head. Highly recommended.'