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Room, vol 36.3, September 2013
Bone Sense is singularly concerned with agrarian life in rural Saskatchewan. The poems are straightforward: free verse, imagistic, often almost totally devoid of punctuation. Muirhead places herself into the wider tradition of pastoral poetry.
Individual poems in the collection don't always stand out and the language is not always fresh, how ever, some images are vivid and Muirhead is adept at catching the rhythms of conversational speech and incorporating quotidian objects of the modern farm into her writing.
— Jennifer Zilm
Saskatoon StarPhoenix. December 29, 2012
Bone Sense, by Laurie Lynn Muirhead ... joins a growing genre of women's views of the difficult but rewarding life on the farm, particularly with cattle — think Doris Bircham and Nora Gould, and, on the male side, Mitch Spray.
Muirhead holds nothing back as she talks of "secur(ing) a double knot on the hooves of hard labour," of "try(ing) to make sense of life and death," and of the "nothing short of impossible" that made her fall for a man from "your side of the fence."
And they work this hard in the shadow of the awesome responsibility that comes with owning a farm capable of feeding 5,000 people. No wonder they go to Vegas and don't gamble. These poems are about the gamble of their everyday lives. — Bill Robertson