I remember meeting Miriam (Miri) Dunn in the earliest days of G+. She would pop into one of my threads with a diverse array of moods – quick-witted, humorful, biting, kind, intelligent, strong, thoughtful…far too numerous to list. We shared many interests – women, children, art, writing, creativity, the natural world, human nature, social and political issues – some urgent, some half-hearted, some serious, some whimsical.
I even commissioned Miri to knit me a hat. She is prone to bouts of all sorts of creativity.
So I was not surprised, some five years in, to learn that Winter Goose Publishing has printed Miri’s Who Will Love The Crow, and that its pages sound with the multiplicity of thoughts and subjects I have seen emerge in her words on this platform. Miriam gives us:
“The late days of our journey
are turning cold;” (from Each Moment Sweet)
“When you pass through Kenzieville Curve
Earth hugs you.” (from Kenzieville Curve)
“I was twelve years old
yet at the top of the stair I wished I were younger
and could creep, courageous and silent,
into your camphor rooms as I once did,
and slide my fingers across
the forbidden bric-a-brac of your life.” (from The Clock)
“When the clouds move in
we lay on our backs,
arms behind our heads,
and searched for faces of the dead.” (from Hunger)
“Here is the groan of the mountain that rises” (from The Hush)
“Let’s wrestle in the sounds and smells of my life gone by.
Not in silence.
Bring me music.
Haunting, shocking, pointless, poignant.” (from Not Silent)
“Where the soulless wander,
you cannot say for sure;
but the dead shall do the living
in honour of your war.” (from Holy)
I cannot tell anyone what any poem is about. Each verse reveals itself as it is read – out loud, outside, indoors abed by the glow of a night light, spoken from memory while driving XC, recited from a dais in front of a late night coffee house crowd, or written in hand on paper and slipped into a stamped envelope and sent off to someone to whom it might speak.
But I will say that to me Who Will Love The Crow is a fearless celebration of life and death, of love and loss, an unwavering look at everything that grips us in the moment…a reminder to notice, to remember, to appreciate…
I continue to buy printed books because when I look at my bookshelf the individuals who authored the deckled or straight-edges pages sewn or glued together between covers soft or hard, with graphics photographed or illustrated, announce themselves anew to me like old friends coming to dinner.
They blare out their non-digital identities like dancers, like musicians, like birds screaming…I am a raven…and that is a Crow…
For those of you who love poetry, dive in. For those of you who haven’t read much…or any…dip your toes, then immerse yourselves…naked if you dare. You will feel like you are having a conversation with an old friend.
$4.99 on Kindle. $10.99 in Paperback. I have both. Because one day I will hear Literally Literary with Miriam Dunn read her poetry aloud…and wholly other meanings will be revealed. And then I will stand in line to get her autograph.
But long before then, Who Will Love The Crow will have a place among my collection of favorite poetry books…and if it is lucky, when the Black Snake comes again to visit…it will see it there, and spend some lucky time pondering Who Will Love The Crow.
From the Back Cover:
“Poet and Writer Miriam Dunn grew up on the pristine shores of Cape Breton Island, with Canada’s Atlantic Coast and local woodlands as the inspiring backdrop to her life.”
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Who Will Love The Crow:
July 10, 2016 at 5:06 pm
What a beautiful tribute and an excellent review!
July 10, 2016 at 5:11 pm
Thank you Cilla C if you do not know miri dunn…you two ought to meet…
July 10, 2016 at 5:37 pm
Hi Eve Aebi Thank you… I set out to do a more ‘traditional’ review, whatever that means, but in the end poems can speak for themselves, can’t they? 🙂
July 10, 2016 at 6:26 pm
I bought her book as well!
July 10, 2016 at 6:33 pm
Awesome review. Boughtttt miri dunn I dunno you yet, but I’m gonna find out.
July 10, 2016 at 6:37 pm
Cilla C how great of you. Thank you. There are two kinds of jubilation here – supporting the creative work of someone new, someone one doesn’t know and stumbles upon…why I love the public stream…and then supporting the creative work of someone one has come to know. There is a particular pleasure in each. And I like to imagine the power this medium has to discover talent…which is potentially huge.
July 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm
Mac Vogt Thank you so much. I will take the compliment, but I’m particularly delighted for miri dunn!
July 10, 2016 at 7:10 pm
Took a peak, really digging what I saw. She’s an elegant poet, and her images are just gorgeous. I like the coldness evoked… these words are like quiet little flames in winter.
July 10, 2016 at 7:51 pm
Mac Vogt I like that you wrote, “…really digging what I saw…” because the poem are visual aren’t they, even if not enhanced by the compelling photographs of Olivia Ellen MacDonald. I think all forms of writing are visual…when I write I imagine pictures…but poetry lends itself to the imagined visual more than any written medium…at least to me.
I also think your own review that miri dunn’s words are “like quiet little flames in winter,” is a most elegant thing to say.
July 10, 2016 at 7:58 pm
Denise Baxter Yoder I think it is confounding, actually. No…we aren’t automatically followed, nor do we automatically follow. I have 52,000+ followers of my Dance With Me…let me put my arms around you Collection, but that number does not match the general follower count, even though the author of the Dance With Me Collection (that would be me) is the same as the woman who has a general profile (‘twould also be me).
Collections are great in that they allow us to organize our posts into ‘themes’ (for want of a better word), but this post on Literally Literary with Miriam Dunn has gone into my Collection on Poetry, when it could easily also have gone into my collection On Nature (because her poems are so reflective of nature), and it could easily have gone into my Collection on Women.
But, alas, I find myself sectioned off, much like a line drawing in a butcher shop – here is the tenderloin, here the fillet, the T-Bone, the Rib-Eye, the Flank steak…but look into the beast’s eye and ’tis all one soul, n’est ce pas?
Wretched imagery I know…but somehow it works…forgive me nonetheless. 😉
July 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Awesome Eve Aebi. I went to a poetry conference recently and am ever amazed to discover the vastly different interpretations of any given poem. Indeed like looking at a work of art.
July 10, 2016 at 8:36 pm
I miss tons Denise Baxter Yoder. G+ is like a full-time job and I have limited time because of my own work and so I do the best I can when I am here… Happy you found something to treasure in the trove…that being miri dunn!
July 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm
I wish G+ just KNEW all the good posts. It takes time and constant finangling to get your stream even halfway so the people you like come up all the time.
July 11, 2016 at 12:41 am
Well, I can only say I am so deeply humbled by this post, Giselle’s beautiful words and the lovely and loving comments here. Thank you all so very much from the bottom of my heart! I am so moved.
July 11, 2016 at 1:48 am
Mac Vogt Yes, there have been many changes and it is not so easy. Speaking for no one other than myself, I decided to embrace it and just go with the flow. I have always been committed to the public stream (as has miri dunn BTW), and I just had to trust at some point that if you sit by the river long enough the people you like will come floating by, so to speak. I actually think it’s quite challenging, openly ourselves up to the unknown all of the time, and if we are to do that “the people we like” will come and go (talking of Michelangelo).
People’s lives shift and flow like the tides. It is a platform constantly in motion and one never know who one might meet…and be surprised by. And, well, here you are.
July 11, 2016 at 1:50 am
It was and is a huge pleasure Literally Literary with Miriam Dunn and (miri dunn!) to support you and your work. I can’t think of anything I enjoy doing more (other than creating myself…) because there’s an energy to it. It’s that Virginia Wolfe thing I always write about from A Room of One’s Own, all of us, each of us, adding our voices to the voices of others so that in 150 years it will be a united voice. I love that imagery.
Thank you for The Crow… and Cape Breton…
July 11, 2016 at 2:13 am
July 11, 2016 at 4:43 am
Congrats Miri !
July 11, 2016 at 11:22 am
Hey – thank you Jack C Crawford
July 11, 2016 at 3:09 pm
I am very happy for you.
July 11, 2016 at 3:14 pm
I am so moved by all the good wishes and support! Jack C Crawford
July 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm
Every author ever to have lived would kill for such a glowing endorsement. And it sure did make me want to read this book too 🙂
July 15, 2016 at 4:11 pm
That is more than kind of you Michael A Koontz. Were I writing it for a literary/poetry review or mag or online venue, I might well have written it differently…but here on G+ I took the more expansive route. I do hope you can read it. Honestly, I would mind knowing what you think…
July 15, 2016 at 4:12 pm
I will give it a read later on when I have the time needed to enjoy a good book. And once I have I will let you know what I think 🙂
July 15, 2016 at 8:33 pm
Well I hope you enjoy it Michael A Koontz
July 15, 2016 at 8:34 pm
I am sure I will Miri, and good job on you´r part for writing it and getting it published!.
July 15, 2016 at 8:35 pm
Thank you so much! Michael A Koontz
July 21, 2016 at 12:17 am
I will..Quoth the Raven Rumple :>)))