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Singing Innocence and Experience
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I feel like something of a sycophant writing this review so soon after writing my review for Ms. Taaffe's other extant book, Postcards from the Province of Hyphens. I don't mean to be. I mean, it's not like I'm going to get scads of free dinners out of it or anything, since she lives hundreds of miles away. Postcards got, and Singing gets, rave reviews for one simple reason: they're brilliant.
Whereas Postcards was mainly poetry interspersed with a little prose, Singing goes the other way. Some pieces are repeated in the two books, but each of them is worth reading twice, even in relatively quick succession. But I've already sung the praises of Taaffe's short work in other places. What matters in the review are the longer stories. I mentioned in a recent review (of Charles Simic's memoirs) the truism that poets and short story writers are, with very rare exceptions, a different breed of animal altogether; those who can write excellent poetry are more often than not simply above-average storytellers. Good, but not as brilliant as they are poets. And the same usually holds true going the other way. Taaffe is one of those rare creatures who, it seems, is capable of doing both at the highest level of ability. Actually, if anything, she's slightly better at short stories. I rush to add, however, I had a lot more pages of short stories with which to judge.
Each of the stories here is a winner.Read more ›
Singing Innocence and Experience is an excellent introduction to Taaffe's work. It collects 16 stories and 7 poems, dating back to 2001. The poems are characteristic of her work, with the same long lines and sharp images as the prose, and with thank goodness complete and logical sentences: not just syntactical elements thrown against the wall is with some poets.
My favorites among the stories include "Constellations, Conjunctions", a very early piece.Read more ›
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I was looking for examples of mythpunk authors ad Sonya Taaffe was one of the ladies that popped onto my radar. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Terri M.
Sixteen short stories and a handful of poems, Singing Innocence and Experience is a collection of mythologies, retold or freshly imagined but in all cases humanized. Read morePublished on April 4, 2009 by Juushika