Blue Five Notebook – (May 2014 / 14.9)
MADELEINE SLAVICK has authored several books of poetry, non-fiction, and photography, most recently Delicate Access (2004), (2010), and Fifty Stories Fifty Images (2012). Slavick lived in North America for 25 years, in Hong Kong for another 25, and now resides in New Zealand. She also lives online.
Sara Fitzpatrick Comito
The smell of honey
As nascent corpses breathe out their love
it congeals in a sticky ball with all the millions
and goes to live in my beehive.
Cracked amphorae of thuja and clove
grow in eucalyptus mushroom rings,
chaya moths harden in violet sugar
and fall to the waiting grass,
thyme and camphor streak red
borealis, gnats in last light turn coral
spawn in moonlight, swarms spin
sleeping spiders into hing.
We inhale and never have…
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This book is too complicated for me to convey to you in any sort of detail or even coherently. I will not be spoiling the overall plot of the book in this review. I will say that it is about art, specifically a painting called “The Goldfinch” (1654) by Carel Fabritius. It is about secrets. It is about boyhood. And it is about Theo Decker.
I am a Tartt fan, so reading this book was a way for me to pay homage to her talent. Although the content of the book often strayed from what I consider to be uplifting, enlightening, or engaging, I still couldn’t put it down, and I could see the beauty of her writing in the grittiest of passages. To my sensitive friends, I warn you that this…
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Nice to see this review of Sam’s latest work which is engaging.
– Kelly Cherry, winner of the Hanes Poetry Prize, a Pushcart, and three PEN/Syndicated Fiction awards, and author of The Life and Death of Poetry: Poems
Cinéma Vérité (A-Minor Press, 2013)
ME! ME ME ME.
Just a quick blog to say…
I finished my book.
Four drafts, darlings killed, and a polish, and it is done.
Revisions shall come but until then I wanted to share and I wanted to gloat and I wanted to drink wine tonight, so there.
Cheers and hell yes.