06 April 2011

RAG DOLL [by Jim Larwill]

I wish that this small poetry chapbook came with a cd of Jim Larwill performing its poems.  I bought it from Jim after I heard him perform at a reading series five or so years ago.  I've seen him perform many times since and he transforms the stage into a sacred space every time, whether he is describing his lover's body as bread he is kneading/needing or summoning the raven.

Rag Doll contains eleven love poems that only Jim Larwill could write.  Seriously, Canada goes on every day unaware that she possesses such genius in her fold.  I will close with one verse: "Bury me deep in your heart/ to make a place for tired bones,/ my thoughts whispering words/ murmuring blessings for each beat of your life."