L’amour #ChiZine

Over the past couple of months, amongst other things, I’ve read: Robert Sherman: Remember Why You Fear Me; Tone Milazzo: Picking Up The Ghost; Nalo Hopkinson: Brown Girl In The Ring. The first two published by ChiZine & which I read as (!) paper books; Brown Girl was talked up so much at the recent ChiZine Colloquium, I just had to download the ebook (hence I don’t know who the publisher is).

book03 green reading in amber

I got the Sherman book when I attended a Sunday workshop ChiZine held here in Toronto. It’s a collection of his short stories & I was wowed. Emotionally resonant, inventive, sometimes creepy & always grounded in reality. He takes the ordinary & pushes it to the fantastic. Too many brilliant stories to list. In one a woman can’t give her heart to her lover because she has already given it, literally, to some pop star when she was fourteen – by literally, I mean people put their hearts in containers to give to someone else. Amazing stuff. Buy it.

book02 no page unstoned

At the last Colloquium there was an excellent presentation on location, particularly Toronto. Brown Girl was focused on as our city is setting. It is an amazing book set in a future TO following the Brown Girl as she learns to accept & channel her magic energies. Afro-Caribbean mythology plays a big part and it is handled with realism & authenticity. I loved it.

At the last Colloquium I won a big bag of books in a raffle, one of these was Picking Up The Ghost. Set in the USA it follows the quest of a young black boy as he discovers and learns to use his magical energies. A similar but wider mythological net (than Brown Girl) for his magic system it is compelling and authentic. No middle act lull, lots of great plot decisions, small twists. A stand alone that left me hoping there would a sequel.

book01 what! no eBooks in the snow?

What pleased me about all three was that they were better than I expected, fun to read & resonant with real emotions even in unreal situations. Like Sherman I often write about the ordinary being pushed in unexpected directions. I also have an outlined, partially written novel that has elements of Santeria – so I appreciated how those were used by Milazzo and Hopkinson. Three great books I’d recommend to anyone.


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L’amour domestique


my fridge made a pass at me

the other day

I was in my usual hurry to get the milk

when the door caressed my cheek

pushed me into its cool welcoming heart


now I’m not into sex with inanimate objects

if I was I would probably pick

my coffee maker

something small and easy to satisfy

the fridge is never filled

always has demands that

make me feel inadequate

while the coffee machine

fills to brim so quickly

yes give me hot and perky

to big and cold – any day

but it was one of those days


the kitchen chairs were

plucking at my pant legs

like over excited little dogs humping a foot

it made eating almost impossible

I wasn’t sure what to do with the left overs

the fridge was glaring me petulant

at being snubbed

in favour of the coffee maker


in the bathroom the face cloth

competed with the tooth brush

to get in my mouth

until the towels pulled them aside

to push me into the shower

they needed all my body wet

for the satisfaction they craved


I didn’t have the moral strength

to deny them anything

they rubbed and dried every square inch


the sofa was anxious for me to

snuggle in front of the TV

I had to watch home decorating shows

about getting cute little throws

hints from the sofa of what would make

our family complete


in bed the pillows tenderly cradled my head

as the sheets twined around me

hungry for dreams about coffee makers

books oh Canada

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