SOUTHSIDE BOOK REVIEWS
Reviews Of Books Recently Written By Southside Authors Compiled by: Forrest W. Schultz 770-583-3258 firstname.lastname@example.org
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November 20, 2013
Pat Butler Contributes Poetry to the Southside Scene:
A Review of Pat Butler The Boatman's Daughter
(Finishing Line Press, 2013), 36 pp $12.00 ISBN: 978-1-622229-424-4 Reviewer: Forrest W. SchultzThe boatman in the title does not refer to a sailor or a captain of a boat, but to a builder of a boat. Half of this chapbook is the poem ("The Scent of Poplars"); the author has written about this builder, her father, and the analogy it has with life, which is striking because the boat was not finished, which is parallel to that of our lives -- they are not finished here; they only start here. This is the best poem in the collection. The others are short -- some of them very short -- and most are about life on the seashore -- egrets and crabs and the like. The meanings of some of these are clear and others are not (at least to me), which is also like life -- some things we understand; some we do not. Butler, who lives in Fayette County, is involving herself in the local literary scene: she recently appeared at Dogwood Gallery and participated in the recently held Books Down South Festival, where she had some enjoyable conversations with a fellow Fayette poet, Brigitte Byrd. Information is available at http://poemsfromtheboatyard.blogspot.com/, http://www.literaryboatyard.com/ http://www.finishinglinepress.com/
Thank you, Forrest Schultz, and hope to meet some day in the local literary scene!