REVIEW: SEVEN SUNS/SEVEN MOONS | BY MICHAEL DYLAN WELCH & TANYA MCDONALD

NeoPoiesis Press | 68 pages | $14.95 | Purchase online

Review by kjmunro

This unique collection includes two sections – suns written by Welch & moons written by McDonald – followed by several collaborations on the same themes where the poets work together. A brief but helpful explanation at the end of the book describes the genesis of the book, the ideas behind it, & how it came about – inspired by Allen Ginsberg’s concept of the “eyeball kick”.

Two excellent examples from McDonald:

two moons

the wrinkled bedspread

where he sat

 

seven moons

the phone number

he never gave me

 

Two of my favourites from Welch:

two suns

a reflection

of my icy self

 

seven suns

disjunction

on a sycamore leaf

Once the ‘suns’ become ‘sons’, once ‘puns’, & once the ‘moons’ become ‘loons’. Welch & McDonald succeed in pushing the envelope well beyond what is usually intended by the word sun or moon, into the dream-like & surreal.

As George Swede notes on the back cover, “For readers of this book, the sun and moon will never be the same…”

This review by kjmunro appeared first in the Haiku Canada Review Vol. 11 No. 1, February 2017