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:
the wrinkled bedspread
where he sat
the phone number
he never gave me
Two of my favourites from Welch:
of my icy self
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