Reviewer: Vera Gubnitskaia, Reference Librarian, Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida.
Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction by Carol Smallwood, Shanti Arts Publishing, Brunswick, Maine, 2017; ISBN 978-1-941830-46-8, paperback, $16.95, 162 pages.
Interweavings: Creative Nonfiction is a mosaic. There is a gentle ebb and flow of threads of the author’s life with children, cancer, marriage, friends, losses. And yet, you catch yourself, while reading and after you finish, thinking about your own life. Not comparing, no, just thinking, remembering, feeling. As if reading these lines, sentences, paragraphs, wakes something up, lifts a corner of a drape with a gentle breeze. Softly reminds you of pieces and interweavings of your past, of wonders of the present, of anticipation of the future.
This is a collection of shimmering bits and pieces of excellent prose. It is written by an accomplished poet, and sometimes it feels like it is written in verse. It is tempting to read it in one gulp, the collection is small and is deceptively easy to glide through; resist the urge to finish it in one sitting. Sip it slowly, reflect, put aside, reflect some more, come back. Take another taste, repeat as necessary. Enjoy the music, smile at the recollection of an episode from Columbo. Climb library steps. Grieve about a lost friend. Feel alive.