Chris Benjamin Recommends Outskirts by Sue Goyette
Reviewed by Chris Benjamin (Advent Book Blog, December 19, 2011)
It is a gift to be able to write about environment (and aging, and insomnia, and parenthood, and love) with this kind of emotional impact. Goyette’s imagery is evocative, precise, tangible yet layered with meaning. She is observant of the reality of life, and the beauty and ache therein, rather than fantasizing on love’s platitudes or romancing mother nature. These verses are true warnings, but also sage advice, ignored at the peril of young lovers, new parents and anyone interested in salving middle age with plastic. This is a masterpiece of great beauty and import.
Chris Benjamin | @benjaminwrites
Chris Benjamin is the critically-acclaimed author of Drive-by Saviours, a novel, and Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada. His short fiction and essays have been anthologized and appeared in numerous Canadian literary journals. He’s also a freelance journalist and columnist and has written for The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CBC Online, This Magazine, Now Magazine, The Chronicle Herald, VoicePrint Canada, Arts East, East Coast Kitchen Party, OpenFile, Z Magazine, and others. He likes his family – the humans and the cats – more than anything and is pretty excited for the arrival of his second child in April. Find him online at http://www.chrisbenjaminwriting.com or https://www.facebook.com/drivebysaviours.