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Ghost Maps

Tonight I stopped by Nicholas Hoare Books on Front Street to hear James Bow's wife -- Erin Noteboom -- read from her new book Ghost Maps; Poems for Carl Hruska. I'm very glad that I did.

One reason is that, for the first time, I was able to turn some electronic aquantances into real life figures. I chatted with James Bow both before and after the readings. As a pair of 31-year-old males with some similar interests it was fun and easy. Warren Kinsella also dropped by. He couldn't stay, but wanted to say hello and pick up a copy of the book.

Bloggers meeting is not such an usual thing, but it was a first for me. I wasn't sure how I would feel about it, since it marks another step in the evolution of my blog. It began as an irrelevant thing from which I emitted careless statements. Now it's becoming something else in my life, and I'm not sure what. Anyway, it was fun and for the best.

The other reason that I'm so happy I went is because Erin's reading was captivating, as is her writing and the story it conveys.

Before attending, I admited to James that I'm not really a poetry guy. But Ghost Maps is the sort of book that can be a great bridge for a philistine like me. It first becomes approachable when you realize that it is a collection of short poems with a theme. In fact, they form the rough outline of the story of a World War 2 vet, as told to Erin through a half year of visits.

The writing is beautiful and packs a great deal of depth and meaning into its words.



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