Coming April 2019
Mike Barnes’ Braille Rainbow is about perception across the sensory spectrum and the arc of learning about the world and about oneself. These poems, organized in four sections, engage first with infant appetites, others, and social justice, before turning inward to traverse the perilous heights and depths of the mind, drawing on Barnes’ own experience of mental illness and his years of caring for his mother in her dementia. The latter half of the book addresses shifts in ways of thinking and feeling that allow contraries to meet and inform one another, and concludes with poems of peace and nourishing meditative connection.
Praise for Mike Barnes
“Masterful … The Adjustment League is suspenseful, exquisitely written and—at times—corrosively funny.” —Brian Bethune, Maclean’s
“Recounted in fragmented, almost impressionistic prose that is sharp as glass shards, The Adjustment League…is an intense journey into the underbelly of contemporary society, and a visceral descent into darkness. It is a powerful and original work, which succeeds as a mystery and something altogether deeper.”—Quill and Quire
“The Adjustment League’s superpower is in its crackling portraits. The Super takes his place in the queue of great damaged detectives (see Sherlock Holmes). …It’s this Superman’s mind that’s stronger than steel.”—The Globe and Mail
“… fiercely alive, marked by a sharp, unerring eye for detail and a wonderful way with metaphors.”—Toronto Star