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Book Review: Exploding Into Night by Sandy Pool

Exploding Into Night
by Sandy Pool

Exploding Into Night is elegantly charted. The story is told with raw description. Extremely sexy. At times raunchy. It’s always vivid with a great suspense, and mystery.

The story is set up like a wall of Polaroids. I imagined looking at black and white photos of each scene as I read what was written. Every page, a poem equal to a snap shot. Quick, to the point and poignant. Each page holds a poem, a story in itself. Like a scrap book of photographs, this is a scrap book of poetry. The poems weave the plot, one into the other.

This was a great read with twists and turns throughout. As soon as I would settle in a little, a word, or a line would take me in a different direction than where I thought it was going.

You can find this book on Goodreads

How it made me feel.

I felt as though I was being pulled into a slide show projector. A clicking was heard in my head, and I knew simultaneously a page would be turned. The words written, expressed every action with such intensity, I had no choice but to feel it. I caught myself sucking in my breath at certain points. Where the author writes about pleasure, my skin tingled. Although it is clear in the description on the sellers page, the book is written about a real life crime. I knew this while reading but still asked myself if this was a murder of flesh or a murder of spirit.

About the Author

Sandy Pool is a writer and multi-disciplinary artist who lives in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in English and Theatre Performance and holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph. Sandy is a recipient of the Sharon Drummond Scholarship, and the Constance Rooke Scholarship in Creative Writing. Currently she teaches Writing Skills at Humber College, is working on an Opera commissioned by Tapestry New Opera Works, and is working on her PhD. in Canadian Literature and Creative Writing. Exploding Into Night is her first collection of poetry.

(Previously read and reviewed January 2011)

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