Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Review Snippets for Pain-Proof Men

“Barger does not disappoint. Pain-Proof Men captures wonderful snippets of contemporary Halifax in all its salty, hardscrabble glory, even as it explores the poet’s own harsh inner world.”

—Free Range reading blog

“Whether alone or in the company of his old dog, Ruka, on The Common, or at intersections ("Corner of Creighton & Falkland," a short, sharp piece), readers occupy the city's exterior and Barger's interior, witnessing how one fits and fashions the other.”

—The Coast

“Along comes John Wall Barger with this series of stream-of-consciousness vignettes, within the imagist tradition but not squarely… just crystal pools of rare insight.”

—Voice Magazine