Saturday, January 14, 2012

A Surprise Review - Who Knew? Thank you Web del Sol and Margaret MK Hess



It's now been 20 months since The Alchemist's Kitchen arrived in the world.  I wonder if anyone has read it recently or if the door has closed on this particular kitchen. Sometimes it's easy to feel invisible. And although being invisible is a super power that six year old boys crave, it's not great news for a book.

And so the fact that Web Del Sol Review of Books has just reviewed The Alchemist's Kitchen seems very good news indeed. And not just a run of the mill review, but one where the reviewer, Margaret MK Hess (whom I do not know) really liked the work.

"She takes the whole world and makes it a small and valued place," Hass writes. And Hass also connects "Tulip Sutra" to the tulips in the hospital room of a dying woman -- and to the body. This seems the best a poet can hope for from a reviewer, Hass has showed me new ways to understand my own work.

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful review, Susan, and well-deserved.

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  2. Thanks, Maureen -- it was a wonderful surprise.

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  3. Congratulations, Susan -- it's a wonderful thing to be seen and reflected back, isn't it?

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