This is a wonderful book for national poetry month! One of the librarians at my local library suggested it and I am grateful for her suggestion because it was a spellbinding poetry book unlike any that I have ever read in the over 1,000 books that I have read over ten years with the Canadian Book Review Challenge.
This poetry is moving. In this book Randall Maggs combines narrative with beautiful lyrical moments that took my breath away.
These poems represent a portrait of a character, game and age. Although it is a book about the love of hockey and the passion of playing the game regardless of what comes ones way, it is about so much more.
I have never seen a book about hockey written in poetic form. The book is as unique as it is breathtaking. It is a moving study of passion and work. The poems have guts, skill, and heart, just as hockey does.
I never considered hockey to be a game that combines ballet and murder. But many times the cadence of great poems has these two features too. And this book of poems delivers on all fronts.
I love great books by a Canadian author, and this book not only didn’t disappoint but it took anything that I was expecting and trashed it by the time I read the first page.
This book is for hockey and poetry lovers. It is one of these books that I will classify as one of the best books I read this year so far. But I still have two months before the end of this year’s challenge!