Glasshouses

Stuart’s first book, Glasshouses, was published by University of Queensland Press in 2016. Glasshouses won the 2015 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, was commended for the 2016 FAW Anne Elder Award and shortlisted for the 2017 ASAL Mary Gilmore Award.

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A beautiful and sophisticated collection of poems. Drawing on a number of complex techniques, the manuscript presents a deeply poetic sensibility at work. Judges’ comments, 2015 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize

Barnes is compelling, imaginative and dramatic … a major poet in the making; watch this space! Judges’ comments, 2016 Anne Elder Award


Man moves in a world made of things, beings and events. And things, beings and events move in the mind of man. Living in this half-transparent state triggers poetic reactions, strong and beautiful poems like the ones you’ll find in Stuart Barnes’ Glasshouses. Sjón

Glasshouses is the brilliant nest for Stuart Barnes’ meticulous bowerbird poetics; as readers we become the curious mate, charmed by his architectural wisdom. A vision trained on a vast expanse of literary and cultural phenomena permits the crafting of intelligent centos, transformations and interventions in modern living. These are political, compelling poems, assembled with heart; they will never harden to stone. Jessica L Wilkinson


Wonderfully inventive. Wow! aj carruthers

Impress[ive]. Mix[es] inventiveness with accessibility. Nigel Featherstone

A complex tessellation of formplay and style; an uncomplicated expression of how humans overlap; fantastic. Robert Lukins

Not to be read once and discarded, but to be kept by the bedside, to be dipped into at will again and again as the mood takes you; a collection to wonder at; poems to arouse your curiosity. Cass Moriarty

A complex but compelling collection that captures joy, pain, beauty, darkness and adventure, sometimes all at once. Sally Piper

Glasshouses is a delicate and powerful collection of poetry. Barnes is a talented writer with a distinct poetic voice, and [this book] — in all its fragility and curiosity about the world — is a triumph. Holden Sheppard


‘Barnes does not stand still, and neither do the poems in [Glasshouses], whose vividness seems to leap from the pages.‘ Alexis Late, Cordite Poetry Review

‘Barnes is a master of the recurring image. [His] often cryptic poems challenge the reader to make meaning out of them. [Glasshouses‘] lines at once seethe with the fire of passion and glow with the warmth of compassion. This is powerful poetry.‘ Alison Clifton, StylusLit

Glasshouses is a luminous example of what can be done within an array of poetic forms. [This] this collection is so much fun to read that I can easily imagine myself returning to its pages again and again.’ Joseph Schreiber

Glasshouses is a powerful debut full of tight craftsmanship, and decentred, multi-vocalled poems that combine a temporal urgency and emotional drama with rhythm, form, structure and a creative ‘‘uncreativity’’ that is both delicate and powerful.’ Magdalena Ball, Compulsive Reader

‘Stuart Barnes’ Glasshouses is clearly composed of discrete poems. Nevertheless, there are a number of unifying elements, in particular his emphasis on form. [In] Glasshouses the sonnet is only one form among many that Barnes plays with, [but] the poet [he] most resembles is perhaps not Shakespeare or any of the other sonneteers of the sixteenth century but rather (to me, at least) Hart Crane.’ Stephen Guy-Bray, ‘Sonnets and Para-Sonnets’

‘Where Barnes’ [Glasshouses] poems may appear conventional, close readers will find within them lists that weave and materialize experience. As a carefully compiled whole, [these] poems do not only reflect experience but are experiences in themselves. They do not engage by way of commentary, but through a controlled formation of the environments that demand the reader’s intellectual investment.’ Timothy Ogene, Harvard Review Online

‘[Glasshouses] is personal, playful and musical.’ Tony Messenger

‘[H]umming away below the often dazzling biographical bricolage and heuristic gymnastics is a unique poetic sensibility which delights in those dissonances produced by being an Australian working in a European tradition. … Glasshouses — by turns playful, subtle, moving, witty and outrageous — is a major achievement.’ William Yeoman, The West Australian