Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Maternal is Political

My pal Mary Akers has an essay in The Maternal is Political, a new book of essay edited by my pal Shari MacDonald Strong.

The subtitle says it all: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood and Social Change.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

one heartbreak

"...an artist doesn't really need a great deal of experience. One heartbreak can produce many novels. But you have to have a heart that can break."

Brian Morton, Starting Out in the Evening


Tuesday, May 20, 2008

time for a little Emily Dickinson

The soul selects her own society,
Then shuts the door;
On her divine majority
Obtrude no more.

Unmoved, she notes the chariot's pausing
At her low gate;
Unmoved, an emperor is kneeling
Upon her mat.

I've known her from an ample nation
Choose one,
Then close the valves of her attention
Like stone.


Monday, May 12, 2008

The Fox's Walk by Annabel Davis-Goff

I think this might be one of those rare, perfect novels. I finished The Fox's Walk by Annabel Davis-Goff last week, and am still thinking about the ending, which was surprising and inevitable, the best kind of ending. Not for those readers who like car chases, or trembling fingers on throats, or bodies found at the bottom of cliffs. If you like Shirley Hazzard's The Great Fire, you might well enjoy The Fox's Walk.

I've read Davis-Goff's other novels, and they were excellent, but this is different. Here she is in complete control of the material, or it is in complete control of her, I'm not sure which. The setting is Ireland, around WWI and the beginning of The Troubles. The protagonist is a girl who is observant and sly and whom I found compelling. The slow terror of the dinner table, the resilience of children, the secrecy of adults, all are here.


Thursday, May 08, 2008

St. Mark's Friday movie, May 16, 7:30 pm: For the Bible Tells Me So

The film will be For the Bible Tells Me So, on Friday, May 16, 7:30 pm
at Leffler House, 1245 10th Ave E.

for more information, see Saint Mark's Film Night.

"May 16: For the Bible Tells Me So In this Sundance documentary, director Daniel Karslake goes to the Bible to examine the ways in which conservative Christian groups have used -- and sometimes exploited -- holy Scripture to deny basic human rights to gays and lesbians around the world. Highlights include interviews with V. Gene Robinson, the first openly gay bishop in the Anglican Communion, and Chrissy Gephardt, the lesbian daughter of former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt.
2007 American film is not-rated. 98 minutes.
(FREE, donations accepted) 7:30PM"


Monday, May 05, 2008

Five Star Literary Stories

Five Star Literary Stories is a new blog by T.J. Forrester which includes reviews by my pals Mary Akers and Cliff Garstang.

from the website:
"Five Star Literary Stories combines three integral facets of the writing life: publisher, story, and reviewer. Each story is editor nominated and considered one of the best the mag has published."

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