These paper boats of mine are meant to dance on the ripples of hours, and not reach any destination... Rabindranath Tagore

So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past...F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Great Gatsby

We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.
On the way to the river are the old dormitories, used for something else now, with their fairy-tale turrets, painted white and gold and blue. When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
--from Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale

Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.
- Joyce Carol Oates

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Black Water

 Swan Island near Queenscliff
Near to the bustling conundrum of life
Yet far enough away to be
But not so indifferent to World War I

Far enough away to be different...
A different Farren needs to deal with life
Without a Mum
A different Danny returns from Gallipoli
And the two brothers need to deal with
A different guest
A young girl
From the sea
From Furneaux Island

And all the while there is
The sadness
Turned to enchantment
Turned to sail boat extraordinaire of
The rabbit
The weaver of

Black Water (2007) by David Mezenthen
Black WaterBlack Water by Metzenthen, David
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A book to delight teenage boys! The main characters, brothers, Farren and Danny, galumph and thrash through the emotional, physical and mental challenges of living on an island near the mainland. Even the female characters have their wild streak; even the young Souki from Furneaux Island. It's amazing what gifts may be hidden on a wind scourged beach of black kelp.
p.91 " crossed Farren's mind that although death seemed big, life was even bigger..."

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Abin Chakraborty said...

may be they should put your poem on the blurb.seems like a fascinating read.thanks.

Green Speck said...

Awesome poem .... deep and gratifying !!!

Anonymous said...

So lots of different in this book? :)
Great write!

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I agree with Abin, I'll bet they have ever received such a great review. I LOVE "the weaver of happiness".

Heaven said...

Thanks for the lovely recommendation ~

Bruce Miller said...

What a marvelous poetic review!

PhotoDiction said...

What a novel way to do a review! Beautifully written, and yes I agree - you should send it to the book's publisher.

Poet Laundry said...

I've know some boys to recommend it to. And I really like "conundrum of life"...great line!

Kerry O'Connor said...

Your poetic reviews are wonderful. This book sounds most intriguing.

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