Sunday, February 11, 2007

The Braid, by Helen Frost

An alternating prose poems, interspersed by short praise poems, Helen Frost tells the story of two sisters separated by the forced emigration of the Western Scots to Canada in the 19th century. One goes to Canada, while the other moves south to more remote sections of Scotland to avoid deportation. But they manage to stay connected despite the distance.

This is a fairly sophisticated piece of writing (both in terms of structure and content), but the story falters a bit in maintaining engagement with the reader. As a piece of art, I appreciated the style and the effort, but as literature I found it lacking. As a younger reader, I would have maybe even found it a bit dull. A mixed review.

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