Poetry. Shortlisted for the 2020 Manuela Dias Award for Best Book Design. With poems that both calm and awaken, Mary Barnes brings her Ojibwe roots to the fore and elegantly coaxes out the seemingly quiet world we often take for granted in WHAT FOX KNEW. In this masterful first collection, Barnes reveals this world anew, with tempered grace.
"WHAT FOX KNEW is a beautiful collection of poems that lead us to reflect on the essential spaces of beauty, justice, love, home and nation. Barnes' poems are, to quote her, 'thick as resin' and also gorgeously clear as amber in the light."—Juliane Okot Bitek
"Mary Barnes' poetry collection, WHAT FOX KNEW, is epic in scope, delightfully composed, and so rich in detail, reading it is a fascinating journey. Set in the Southern Georgian Bay area, the characters and their chronicles reveal a deep past of First Nations peoples which shapes the poet's vision and her narrative. Barnes vividly layers existential questions and quests within her Ojibwa ancestry, drawn from family history and meditations on the human condition. Ranging from reflective to tragic, from witty to spiritual to sensual, the poems inhabit that volatile place between the public and the private, making the poems a must read for anyone contemplating the world we live in, and most of all the matters of the heart envisaged in this thoroughly engaging debut collection."—Bianca Lakoseljac
"Mary Barnes is a fresh new voice in Canadian poetry. Her words flow with grace and certainty, creating images and evoking memories—some ancestral and others as familiar as home."—Judith Plaxton
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Mary Barnes is of Ojibwa descent. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and a winner of the Tom York Award for short fiction. She has written book reviews for The Antigonish Review and currently writes for Prairiefire. Her poetry has appeared in literary journals such as the Prairie Journal, Tower Poetry Society, and Voicings. Inspirations for her writing come from the landscape of her youth and everyday encounters. Born in Parry Sound, she now lives in Wasaga Beach with her husband Bob and writes, gardens, and talks to the birds.Author City: WASAGA BEACH, ON CAN