Mornin' Mowen, I finished reading the book.
I should confess that
I am not a poetry lover. I have tried to like it. I have tried
different poets, different languages ... but sadly, it doesn't capture
my imagination like a good story. So, I think I am ill equipped to pass
any judgement on poetry, because it doesn't stir me.
On the flip
side, I think your prose is exceptionally well-written, and in a way,
reminds me of Roddy Doyle. It has nothing to do with your nationality or
the rural nature of the poems.
Doyle has the unique ability of
being able to transport me into the story, right next to his characters.
So, I'm running with Paddy Clarke, in the fields behind his house, or
sitting next to Paula Spencer, in the kitchen, watching her get pissed
and feeling disappointed in her. For me, very few people can do this—and
I find it a mark of a gifted writer. Most of the time when I read
stories, I am an outsider looking in, and rarely do I become part of the
You were able to draw me into your prose. I was sitting
with you, on the sidewalk, also trying to cope. I was standing behind
you in the hospital, feeling the exact same way. This is why I say that
you remind me of Doyle.
Do you ever write prose?
Hopefully, my lack of love for poetry hasn't been too disappointing.
Thanks to Caitlin