Finally, the language of the novel is everywhere vivid, evocative, captivating. He is a fiction-writing poet for whom the poetry serves the story and characters, without stealing the stage and showing off. The writing subtly dazzles.
This is a big novel. Big in heart. Big in spirit – spirit that’s always solidly rooted in the tangible realms of nature and human community.
There is no nostalgia for the past, rather, the trials, sufferings, redemptions, and blessings of his era.
Reflections on a long friendship, life in British Columbia in the 1970s, and Chuck Brickley’s new book of haiku, earthshine.