Diane Brown combines poetry, memoir and travel in Here Comes Another Vital Moment.
She has a poet’s gift for making every word count, painting word pictures and trusting the reader to see beyond the surface.
I loved the way she wove poetry into the prose:
From the Dom zu Berlin rooftops: a man clinging to the rounded blue glass of the new hotel roof as he adjusts something. Dizzy, I hold my breath, look away. Over in the distance, a think blue line on the horizon.
Those of us born on islands
always interpret blue
as sea, a distant line
as horizon to slip over . . .
It’s an original approach which makes this book so much more than a travelogue.
Post 16 in the post a day for New Zealand Book Month challenge.
Over at In A Strange Land Deborah posts on Maraea and the Albatross by Patricia Grace, illustrated by Brian Gunson.