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A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems

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Selected for Poetry in Transit 2009
"A Well-Mannered Storm" is an exploration of loose correspondence between one of Canada's greatest musicians, Glenn Gould, and "K," an admiring fan. Braid weaves an intimate dynamic as K struggles with the loss of her hearing in one ear, finding her greatest comfort in Gould's music--particularly when he plays Bach. Gould's poems don't d
Paperback, 118 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Caitlin Press
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Oct 18, 2011 Andrea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: canadian, poetry

As always Kate Braid is a brilliant poet and takes us inside the world of pianist and musical genius Glenn Gould. The Well-Mannered Storm is best read well listening to Gould playing Bach. A couple of lines that I'd like to share:

From the poem "Nonconformist Bach" (p.85)

"But in an age of reason, he was essentially
unreasonable;relinquished formulae and found form."

From the poem "Fragment" (p.94-95)

"I was wrong about the stars. When they come to earth
they are swallowed whole by dark water
Feb 15, 2010 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry, canadian, 2010
I read this because I absolutely loved Kate Braid's Inward to the Bones, which recounts an imagined friendship between Emily Carr and Georgia O'Keefe.

I came to this book knowing almost nothing about Glenn Gould, so it was a very different reading experience than Inward to the Bones (I picked up that volume knowing a fair amount about both Carr and O'Keefe). Even so, I was transported into the musician's world... I especially enjoyed the poems in Gould's voice. "Lesson for a Beginner" took me ba
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