Reviews of Exile on a Grid Road

Regina LeaderPost and Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

Sask. Writers Showcased, November 28, 2015

That was exciting — to wake up to see a long review of my poetry collection, Exile on a Grid Road, featured in today’s Regina LeaderPost and Saskatoon StarPhoenix, along with reviews of Jan Wood’s Love is not Anonymous and Tara Gereaux’s Size of a Fist!  

Here’s a short extract:

Banks, even as she heads into a nine-part series on breast cancer… maintains a willed bouyancy that finds relief from the one-damn-thing-after another nature of life in small sensual pleasures: Spring, green mangoes and above all, praise. … Small things, like these spare poems, can mean a great deal. — Bill Robertson, Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

Review in Saskatoon StarPhoenix’s book page

The full reviews can be accessed though the public library newspaper database systems — or click the Leader Post thumbnail, above right, and a larger file will open. The SP thumbnail is just that, a thumbnail.

(Yes, the content in both PostMedia papers is the same, but as a former newspaper reporter, I love even slightly different formats…)

My thanks to Bill Robertson for the thoughtful read of my work — and the work of my fellow writers, Tara Gereaux (Size of a Fist) and Jan Wood (Love is Not Anonymous)!



From the SaskBooks website. (Click to read)

I’m delighted to share the review of Exile on a Grid Road that’s now posted on the SaskBooks website. My thanks to Shelley Leedahl and the Saskatchewan Publishers’ Group!

It’s good and necessary to celebrate what goes on beneath the glossy surface of life, and that’s what poets like Banks do so well… These are poems to let steep, and read again. — Shelley Leedahl, for SaskBooks (Saskatchewan Publishers Group.)

For the full review, please visit:

(Shelley Leedahl’s review was originally posted on her blog, Kisses are More Important than Rats, in late October, 2015.)

My thanks!


I just discovered that the Yorkton News in Yorkton, SK, picked up Shelley Leedahl’s review for their Dec. 30, 2015, issue of the paper. Great to get the word out about Saskatchewan books!

Exile on a Grid Road, reviewed in the Yorkton Review. Click to read.