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Barry Dempster : Comments by Writers and Critics


Comments


"I read Fire and Brimstone with great pleasure. I especially liked the quick apt metaphors catching a situation or a mood exactly, the domestication of the vastly theological and mystic, the combination of dark wit and child's-eye renderings of experience."
      - Don McKay


"Steeped in both the spiritual and the sensual, Dempster's poems delight with their fiery, original images. From a trapped bird to an orchid to the end of the world, he finds the spiritual secret in everything. You will be left breathless by the astonishing string of insights that fill this book. Be prepared to be challenged, but best of all, be prepared to be moved poem after poem."
      - Robert Hilles, on Fire and Brimstone


"Barry Dempster uses his precise command of metaphysical turns of phrase and vivid imagery to explore the nature of belief in the twentieth century, whether he turns his attentions to the iconoclasm of D.H. Lawrence or to the hypocracies and naivete of suburban religious fundamentalism. In the process, he articulates a human-scale cosmology well outside the church-going conventions of the mainstream. For Dempster it is the life force itself -- in its unconditional inclusiveness -- that is the Divine, and the joyous mystery."
      - John Barton




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