January 13th, 2016 Book(s) Review

by Brendan Strong

I have been reading Alasdair Gray
(“Old Men in Love” at night,
“Unlikely Stories, Mostly” during the day)
I couldn’t even try to praise him right:
You should read him. Read everything.

He wields a simple turn of phrase
That carries huge wisdom, and wit:
It reads humbly, naturally and well paced,
But you carry away Ideas that are Big.
You should read him. Read everything.

Mixing the magical with a sense of the everyday
Plain speaking narratives and a plain speaking crew:
Holding a mirror up to the face
Of a world who’s reflection is distorted and true.
You should read him. Read everything.

Nothing is ever simple and most things are moral,
Weaving his illustrations or strange text forms
To emphasize, represent, inhabit, sometimes quarrel
With ideas. He grasps the rose and doesn’t lie about the thorns.
You should read him. Read everything.

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