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.
“Barnes’ poems are, to quote her, “thick as resin” and also gorgeously clear as amber in the light.”– Juliane Okot Bitek
“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, author of Morning Star, nominated for the Shining Willow award
“The kind of book you will want to keep on your bedside table as you will return to it again and again. Mary’s words envelop us and remind us that in the midst of hardship the human spirit can still be strong and connected to the earth. Within her poems there are many hearts, many voices singing us home.”– Jónína Kirton
Long-listed.– League of Canadian Poets - Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
Shortlisted.– Manitoba Book Award - Manuela Dias Award for best book design