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Songs of Innocence
by Tim Miller

Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 1879193086

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Carolyn Howard-Johnson


Reviewed by Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of "This is the Place" and "Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered"

Are these writings before me on the page poems? Vignettes? Songs? Quotations? It matters not.

Tim Miller has written a book about childhood. Each entry is numbered. Number 1 sent chills down my back : "They chased each other through a field just as the clouds hunted one another above; they hid among the whisperingweeds and crouched beneath the thick sheets of unforgiving steel…"

If a reader eschews feeling good then this book is not for her. If a reader can embrace Dostoyevsky's quote, "You must know that there is nothing higher, or stronger, or sounder, or more useful afterwards in life, than some good memory, especially a memory from childhood," then this Songs of Innocence is definitely hers to hold in her hand and in her heart.

Songs of Innocence tells short stories (are they stories?) that will make you laugh or cry as surely as if they were full-length movies or a novel of that lives through the ages. Each numbered piece has a character of its own. Flash fiction. Small poem. A thought. The intimate horror of Number 95 is worth the cost of this small volume, enough to shame us, make the best of us think about what it is that we do, think, and pray for in this world.

Number 4 is simply a quote from Baudelaire: "Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will." Need I say more?
(Carolyn Howard-Johnson is the award-winning author of This is the Place
and Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered. Learn more at Her next book will be a book of poetry called Skyscapes: A Woman's View)
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