How the Light is Spent by Gail Sidonie Sobat

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...Sobat has created a personal history that not only tells the story of her family and her self in this world, but helps us see the world is far more complex, beautiful and awe-inspiring place than any textbook could hope to tell us.
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How the Light is Spent is a meditation on love and loss, on time and tempo. From the Drumheller Badlands to Istanbul, Turkey and back to Canada, Gail Sidonie Sobat scores the light and the shadow of human relationships, composing an etude of how best to mark our allotted time. The first section, “Badlands,” constructs a narrative of a young couple in love who are eventually divided by war and tragedy, their story so poignant it never quite leaves the remaining pages. The middle collection of poems, entitled “Sailing to Byzantium,” sweeps readers across the ocean and drops them squarely into the heat and noise of an Istanbul market. A piercing impression of longing permeates this section, troubling the finality of the first narrative, as if the lover’s grief is embodied, restless. The third section, “How the Light is Spent,” replaces the exotic locale of the mid-section with more familiar scenes, at least for Canadian readers. The collection ends with a final cadence of poems revealing an almost familiar soul who attempts to “cheat autumn,” all the while dancing onwards with time. Gail Sidonie Sobat’s work has been variously described as “beautiful…and concise…at times sexy, and always quite human.”
 

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Gail Sidonie Sobat has assumed any number of guises in her lifetime-teacher, woman-in-black, professional actor and singer, grounds keeper, flag girl, and flower seller. She is the creator of YouthWrite and the Spoken Word Youth Choir, and teaches at Grant MacEwan University. She has moved 27 times in her life from Badlands to Siksika Nation Reserve to Istanbul to the Sunshine Coast to her writer's garret in a century-old temperamental house.
 
Published April 20, 2013 by Wintergreen Studios Press. 112 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Richard Marcus on Jun 20 2013

...Sobat has created a personal history that not only tells the story of her family and her self in this world, but helps us see the world is far more complex, beautiful and awe-inspiring place than any textbook could hope to tell us.

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