Katherine Bitney’s fourth collection of poetry, Firewalk, erupts into a shamanistic journey through mind, body and spirit. With the power of drum and dance Bitney confronts the discourses of psychology and the arrogant narratives of our modern healing industry. As she strips away the layers of abstraction she probes deeper, documenting the body as it shifts and twists before the primal core is exposed. Firewalk both questions our modern way of living and seeks to rediscover the central nature of humanity. In doing so Bitney clears a place that we can call home.
"...chock-full of shamanistic energy. Bitney's lines crackle, largely due to her well-handled repetitions, which mimic the style and sound of ancient poetry."
Jonathan Ball, Winnipeg Free Press
"This is a collection with mythopoeic power, reminiscent of Gwendolyn MacEwen’s The Shadow-Maker."
gillian harding-russell, Prairie Fire Review of Books
"Bitney celebrates the crone, the poet, the shaman, the raw edges, fang and claw of the natural world, stripped of dogmas to its heartbeat."
Billl Roberston, Star Phoenix
Born in England, Katherine Bitney grew up in Saskatchewan and has spent most of her life on the prairies. A founding member of the Manitoba Writers’ Guild and Prairie Fire Magazine (formerly Writers News Manitoba), Katherine has authored three previous collections of poetry. Recently she has collaborated with composer Sid Robinovitch and soundscapist Ken Gregory on the Boreality Project to create sacred music for the Boreal Forest. She lives and writes in Winnipeg.