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Caitlin Press - March 31, 2009 - 23 Comments

A Well-Mannered Storm

A Well-Mannered Storm by Kate Braid

Reviewed by Lorette C. Luzajic

To fully experience Kate Braid’s A Well-Mannered Storm, I had to go deaf in one ear and listen to Glenn Gould for hours.

I stuffed my left aural orifice with cotton, but that didn’t work, so I tried plasticine.  With my gold-rimmed floral teacup brimming with Earl Grey and candlelit shadows from my bookends flickering griffins against the closed curtains, I let the Goldberg variations swirl majestically through me. It is not my first encounter with Gould, of course, but I am not well versed in classical music or Bach, and I have never really sat still to listen. I open The Caitlin Press book of Glenn Gould poems and read until the candles burn out.

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