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
Glasshouses is a powerful debut full of tight craftsmanship, and decentred, multi-vocalled poems. Magdalena Ball
Wonderfully inventive … Wow! aj carruthers
Barnes is a master of the recurring image. This is powerful poetry. Alison Clifton
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
[It’s] not difficult to see what has attracted the approval of the judges of the annual Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, which the book won. This collection is an impressive balancing act between a love of precursors and the strategies of the avant-garde. Geoff Page
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 Glasshouses — in all its fragility and curiosity about the world — is a triumph. Holden Sheppard
Humming 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. More ars poetica than political manifesto, Glasshouses — by turns playful, subtle, moving, witty and outrageous — is a major achievement that still reminds us that, as John Kinsella says, all poetry is political. William Yeoman