Neat thing: I’ve been writing book reviews for the Telegraph-Journal. This is the paper where I did a co-op placement way back in high school, so it feels extra fantastic to return to it as someone with an (evolving) opinion.
This month, I got to read two books: Andrew Faulkner’s Need Machine and Natalee Caple’s In Calamity’s Wake. Both were strong pieces of writing – I recommend them. Here are some soundbites from the reviews, which appeared on March 30th and April 6th.
Need Machine lights up with images in rapid succession – syndicated television. Rush-hour traffic. Aspirin. Vodka. The Blue Jays. The poems move at a manic clip, lines slipping sideways through logic like letters through a door slot.
In Calamity’s Wake
The novel, set in the early twentieth century, tracks Miette, the grown daughter of noted frontierswoman Calamity Jane. Left at birth to the kindness of a Canadian priest, Miette has little interest in the woman who gave her up. But at her adopted father’s death, compelled by a promise, Miette sets out for the Badlands.
Books are great.