Red Plaid Shirt

Red Plaid Shirt by Diane Schoemperlen

HarperCollins, 2003

I think Diane is a closet poet because her books all read like gorgeous prose poems, and yet the narrative thread is so well built that her books are page turners (I dare you to try to put one down). She wears her brilliance so lightly and with such easy grace that you don’t begrudge her ability to turn anything (random word lists, pictures, collages, email) into achingly beautiful prose. At least, you don’t resent it much.

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