Reviews by manz
"In his third collection (after Some Ether), poet and memoirist Flynn succeeds at the nearly impossible task of writing political poetry about current events. In homage to Walt Whitman, another wartime poet, many poems address an unseen captain, "capt'n this morning six were found hanging/ in a room made completely of air." The poems are many-layered: themes of air, water, earth, and fire appear throughout the collection, as do specific lines. Flynn offers intriguing narratives, too: one tells of a latchkey boy who either sets his house or a young girl on fire after school one day. Or perhaps both: "the boy stood in the hot-hot room/ stammering I did stammering, I did stammering. /everything you say I did/ I did." In the series about Abu Ghraib, the writing becomes disconnected and occasionally difficult to follow: "My eyesight is years/ See up yes did this." But voice remains paramount and compelling as in this love poem: "let's hold each other/ ceaselessly/ your bed a box cut out of the sky." VERDICT A finely crafted collection that gives testimony to moral outrage and celebrates being human; not to be missed. [See Prepub Alert, 11/1/10.]-Doris Lynch, Monroe Cty. P.L., Bloomington, IN (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC."
Wonderful Picture Book
This is a delightful book with amazing illustrations. The local duo of the Steads have a good thing going with their magical picture books. (Erin Stead won a Caldecott Medal for her illustrations in "Sick Day For Amos McGee." Bear and his story are a great relax-and-read-on-your-lap book.
Yes, Christmas
Released in 1987, this is one of my favorite Christmas albums of all time! Such great tunes. I have many fond memories of dancing around to this CD as a kid. It was probably the first non-traditional holiday album we heard. Many other "Very Special Christmas" albums have been released, but this was the first and the top. [#1 jam = Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC.]
The appendices, supplemental footage and behind the scenese is the same that is on the extended edition DVD of the original "The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring" film.
Good, but no Erlendur
A stand alone novel by Indriðason. For me it wasn't as fun as reading another book in Indriðason's wonderful Detective Erlendur series, but it's still a well written book set in the ever lovely Iceland.