- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: Canarium Books (May 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0996982701
- ISBN-13: 978-0996982702
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Suzanne Buffam's first collection of poetry, Past Imperfect, won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry and was named a Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail. Her second collection of poetry, THE IRRATIONALIST, was a finalist for the Griffin Poetry Prize. Most recently, she is the author of A PILLOW BOOK (Canarium Books, 2016). Her work has appeared in international anthologies and publications, including Poetry, jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Books in Canada, and Breathing Fire: Canada's New Poets; her poetry has been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Slovenian. She lives in Chicago.
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The design is wonderful, too.
Good writing fulfills the key tenants of the genre, and masterpieces create their own genre. On paper, maybe a mish-mash of many genres (poetry, memoir, etc.) has promise, but Buffam's book is definitely not it. It ends up showcasing the worst qualities of these genres, and, besides being a total waste of ~$14, it's dangerous. It'll give people delusions of grandeur that if they tape together all of their creative writing exercises, it will become some kind of genre-breaking work. Nope.
You'd hope that writers would have enough self-awareness that even if they could get meaningless trash published, they really shouldn't. In part of "A Pillow Book," Buffam says that she once went into a Hyde Park bookstore to inquire about another one of her books, but found that they stopped stocking it because no one bought it (it's a sore point because all the while her husband's book was being displayed on a shelf). If her other book is anything like this one, this doesn't surprise me. I sincerely hope Buffam is someday able to produce something that even remotely resembles what we'd expect from an Iowa Writer's Workshop graduate.