Wore Down Trust: A Blues in Three Lives Michael Blouin

ISBN: 9781897141403

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135 pages


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Wore Down Trust: A Blues in Three Lives  by  Michael Blouin

Wore Down Trust: A Blues in Three Lives by Michael Blouin
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Book Review: Wore Down Trust, by Michael BlouinPostmedia News May 13, 2011 – 9:40 PM ET | Last Updated: May 15, 2011 10:04 AM ETComments Email TwitterinShare2Wore Down TrustBy Michael BlouinPedlar Press,108 pp.- $20Reviewed by Paul GessellWoreMoreBook Review: Wore Down Trust, by Michael BlouinPostmedia News May 13, 2011 – 9:40 PM ET | Last Updated: May 15, 2011 10:04 AM ETComments Email TwitterinShare2Wore Down TrustBy Michael BlouinPedlar Press,108 pp.- $20Reviewed by Paul GessellWore Down Trust is a book of narrative poems, most of the time.Most of the storyline is true, even the part where Prince Charles makes a clandestine backstage visit in 1975 to meet American singer Johnny Cash in Fredericton.

(Charles was a soldier at the time participating in a training exercise at nearby CFB Gagetown.)And while poet Michael Blouin, 50, has tried to replicate the structure of classic blues music in crafting this little gem, the book is really more of a long, plaintive country song filled with heartbreak, hurtin’ and, of course, redemption.Crank up your Johnny Cash tunes, at least when reading the first half of Wore Down Trust.

That’s the part about Cash’s miseries and joys. It’s like that Hollywood biopic Walk the Line, about the dear departed Cash. Except the book is poetry. Well, most of it.The second half is about a man who was like Cash’s non-identical twin, the late New Brunswick poet Alden Nowlan, who also led a life of heartbreak, hurtin’ and redemption.

Nowlan, by the way, was also backstage that night in Fredericton when Prince Charles met Cash. The three had a manly conversation about beards. As Blouin said in an interview, it was a situation that “demanded a poem.”First came that poem, simply titled “May, 1975.” Here’s some of it:I imaginewhat was said,it might have eatenup the darknessfor a bitBlouin wrote some more poems about Cash and Nowlan. Some of them were published in ARC, the national poetry magazine. Then, the Cash and Nowlan poems got squished into one manuscript interspersed with the musings of an unnamed and somewhat “unreliable” narrator who may, or may not, have made a pilgrimage by Jeep to Alden Nowlan sites in the Maritimes.

That tricky narrator bears a striking resemblance to Blouin, an experimental author and poet by night, a Kemptville, Ont., English teacher by day, a lover of the blues and a diehard fan of Michael Ondaatje.Blouin maintains no genre has yet been coined to describe his book properly. He’s right, although the clever mix of poetry and prose is reminiscent of Ondaatje’s The Collected Works of Billy the Kid. Alternately, think of it as a daily devotional. You can pick it up, open it at random, read a few lines, stop, and then ponder the mysteries of life as they enveloped Cash and Nowlan.

Tomorrow and the next day, the experience can be repeated- a few more lines can be savoured.Or, you can take a few consecutive hours out of your life, play some country music (or the blues, if you insist) and read, in one sitting, a book that is compelling, insightful and thoroughly unconventional.



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