Carr’s clear, poetic prose summons up totems, abandoned villages, Northwest Coast Indigenous culture, broken-English dialogue and natural scenery. It never lapses into nostalgic sentimentality, sociology or romance. Her writing inevitably invites comparison with her painting. Carr’s gifts with words are of a different but not a lesser order. She perceives with a keenly sympathetic eye and achieves a remarkable purity of effect through her careful translation of images into language.
Klee Wyck is also the name of a documentary short film about Carr and her work. It was produced by the National Film Board in 1946. A popular choral piece by Brian Tate, inspired by Carr and published in 2000, is also called “Klee Wyck.”