Often humorous, always accurate, Barbour deftly breathes life into
the overworked and commonplace . . . [his] writing is infused with
a strict attention to language in its own right, as a primary act
and as a celebration. As a result, his poems are active, inviting
and rewarding capsules of insight.
—Judith Fitzgerald Toronto Star
As Barbour's landscape has become increasingly linguistic, the
poems have become both surer and more venturesome. He has set a
rigorous and courageous poetic for himself - to write truly out
of direct perception, rejecting preconceptions, to unite language,
landscape and body through the act of writing. Douglas Barbour deserves
to be more visible in the landscape of Canadian poetry.
—Ann Mandel Edmonton Journal
What he does with words is find the soul of the country, and of
himself, in a way we can share, and which illuminates the place
and ourselves with love. Candas Jane Dorsey Brick Douglas
Barbour . . . is one of the most underrated poets in the country.
He has done five or six books, all of them exquisitely phrased,
filled with beauty of sound.
—Dennis Cooley Hungry Mind Review