Emily Ate the Wind
by Peter Conners (Goodreads Author)
Fiction. Poetry. EMILY ATE THE WIND tells the story of the drinkers, gamblers, lifelong friends, and frustrated lovers whose lives revolve around The Bar. Told in a series of vignettes, love letters, question and answer formats, newspaper clippings, short stories, and prose poems, the familiar dramas of these characters' lives unfold with deft, poetic strokes. From sweepin...more
Paperback, 110 pages
Published May 2nd 2008 by Marick Press
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Peter Conners, the author of a previous collection of poems and a forthcoming memoir about following the Grateful Dead, Growing Up Dead, recently published Emily Ate The Wind, a novella of extravagantly tiny miniatures. At five-by-eight inches, the book is the size of a boulder. It is as light as pumice stone. The surface feels like a hardened sponge with just as many gaps and holes as the matrix of what is there. There are repeated sentences with repeated characters engaged in oblique activitie...more
I like the concept of a collection of interconnected flash-fictions, and many of these are short-shorts are strong (no doubt Conners is a solid writer), but enough of them leave me feeling like anecdotes of these characters' lives as opposed to stories, so that I'm left with a feeling of "so what?" at some endings. Strong prose, good writing, but I'd like more meat on the bone.
Peter Conners writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and book reviews. His books include the prose poetry collection Of Whiskey and Winter and the novella Emily Ate the Wind. His memoir, Growing Up Dead: Confessions of a Teenage Deadhead, was published by Da Capo Press in April 2009. His next nonfiction book, White Hand Society: The Psychedelic Partnership of Timothy Leary & Allen Ginsberg, will...moreMore about Peter Conners...