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Hive by Shawna Lemay
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Jun 23, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: fiction, poetry
Read from June 03 to 23, 2012

i'd say this is a poem-prose hybrid of a novel, of personal essay, of musings. it's for soul-sisters & kindred spirits. it's a hymn to the colour red. it's a luscious foray into art & language. it's a dream of ice & lonely hearts. it's a quest for what's missing, for what can be forged.Shawna Lemay weaves a mesmerizing anti-novel meta-novel that poses questions about the nature of character & plot & creativity; what inspires a character's development? how can the characters stay within the frame of a book? what if they can't? the book is also filled with provocative quotes on writing & invention, on the colour red, on angels. as always i am a fan of Ms. Lemay's work whether it be poetry, beautiful photos or contemplative prose. i'd recommend this book to anyone who wants a slow pace, who isn't in a hurray & who can linger & dip in & out of subjects. after reading Hive, i want to make art: i want to shatter mirrors into slivers & glue them into a box with red feathers & gold filigree. i read Hive when i was sick with flu. our fevers matched.
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