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Willmot, Rod.

Windsor, Black Moss Press, c1984. 93pp, paper, $9.95, ISBN 0-88753-121-0.

Grades 11 and up
Reviewed by Warner Winter

Volume 14 Number 2
1986 March

The Ribs of Dragonfly is what its author calls "a novella with haiku," a form the Japanese call a "haibun." It is divided into nine parts to coincide with the nine-month season in which Willmot can put a canoe into water. Each part is further sub-divided into three: a prelude, a journal-like section dealing with meditations on seasonal changes and variations in the relationship between a man and his wife, and finally the haiku (written to correspond with each rib of the poet's canoe). The book is short, and Willmot, working in a quiet mode, shows as well as anyone that it is not necessary to shout to make a significant sound. But the style is self-conscious and the Orientalism stands out. The Ribs of Dragonfly will have a limited appeal, except for those who like their writing highly polished and concentrated on landscape, seasons, and mystic reverie.

Warner Winter, Emery C.I., North York, Ont.
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