Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Storm Warning - free!



 "...Half of the stories are tight slices of storytelling, glancing into lives that are haunted or marred by “something not quite right.” The very first story, “Storm Warning” and later with “The Righteous Ones” treat the reader to that queasy feeling of dread that crime fiction lovers long to feel. It immediately reminded me of the work of Dan Chaon’s short stories, Stay Awake, whose imagery also stayed with me late into the night. I would lay awake restlessly wondering if there was really maliciousness in a person’s face or whether it was a projection of guilt or just a passing shadow which could have explained away and avoided a gruesome fate. Was Shirley’s husband aware of her suspicious activities or was it just the air of tension in a community preparing for a coming storm? “Storm Warning” offers a look into the lengths one may go to pursue a dream while “The Righteous Ones” has an unnerving tale of a man’s missionary service gone awry.
"The other half of the stories are a bit fuller, extended works with fleshier stories that are character driven. “Collision” features a pair of brothers,  facing a last resort attempt to leave the island for America. The brothers are juxtaposed with a young man, Rufus, whose life is just beginning to stabilize with his girlfriend. The three men are tied together through drugs and violence (which could be construed as a tired trope) but O’Neal has mostly separated the two issues, leading to some refreshingly organized and calm scenes involving the trading of goods. The drugs cannot be blamed for all of the violence and we’re left wondering what truly constitutes the mettle of these men. Rufus’ story reminded me strongly of moments from Junot Diaz’s This Is How You Lose Her, where the lead character is extremely hard to cheer for, but you feel greater empathy for this flawed man..."

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Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Olive Senior

Olive Senior

To The Madwoman in my Yard

Lady: please don't throw rocks at my window
because this is Holy House and God send you
to get all the moneylenders to drive the harlot
from the inner temple. Again. Please don't
creep up behind me when I'm gardening beg me
lend you a knife. A bucket. A rope. Hope. Then
threaten to ignite, set alight and consume me for you are the Daughter-of-a-Eunuch-and-a-Firefly
sent to X-ray and exhume me.

Lady: this is nonsense. here I am trying hard
with my Life. With Society. You enter my yard
dressed like furies or bats. Bring right in to me
all the hell I've been trying to escape from...

...Yes, here is what the difference between us
is about. I wear my madness in. You wear yours out.

More from the poet, herself.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Snapshot Saturdays

It's not too often you can catch one of these taking a rest but I got lucky! This little one was taking a well-deserved rest just outside one of my windows.

Today, I'm once again participating in Snapshot Saturday which is sponsored by Alyce of At Home With Books! Photos can be old or new, and be of any subject as long as they are clean and appropriate for all eyes to see. How much detail you give in the caption is entirely up to you. Please don't post random photos that you find online.