Now THIS is some beautiful work. There are 12 pages of poetic prose in this zine, each laid out with a single unadorned paragraph at the top of the page -- no titles, no images. The writing is succinct but also so evocative and cryptically poetic that it's best read slowly. I had to pause to let each page absorb before going on to the next one. And though the pieces seem disconnected, there seems to be a common thread of memory and loss, making this is a beautiful and sad read. A History of Button Collecting was thoroughly enjoyable and continually made my brain tingle with wordy delight.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Helen Hajnoczky's above/ground chapbook, A History of Button Collecting, is reviewed in Broken Pencil #55
Anne Emberline was good enough to review Helen Hajnoczky's above/ground chapbook, A History of Button Collecting (above/ground press, 2010) in Broken Pencil #55 (spring 2012 issue). Thanks, Anne! There are a few copies of Hajnoczky’s chapbook still available, here [and here's a piece derek beaulieu wrote on her a while back, for the Globe & Mail book blog]. We eagerly await a second chapbook manuscript, and possibly more. If you can't wait, make sure to check out her blog, here.