Telling Stories is a series of poems written by David Helwig, a talented poet who lived in Niagara-on-the-lake.
Helwig writes about his life and his home where his father worked in an old barn, repairing and refinishing antique furniture. The town itself is so seeped in history, and many of the poems illustrate the times in which he lived and how the town thrived in those days.
A section of this book of poems strikes me the most, and that is the section entitled “Atlantic Crossings”. The whole section is one continuous poem. It is raw and poignant with emotion. It represented how life was during those times in the 1970’s. I loved this section of the book the most. It is so thoroughly Canadian, and it brought me to a time that was so similar to where I was brought up during the same time period. This section of the book was probably the hardest for Helwig to write as he didn’t write poetry for a while after he wrote it.
But then he started again….and I applaud this, and he wrote the last section of the book.
I loved this book and I would recommend it to all history lovers, Canadians and poets.
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth