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Laying the Children's Ghosts to Rest, Rave Review in Vancouver Sun

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Monday, September 29, 2014

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Here is an excerpt of a review of Laying the Children's Ghosts to Rest by Sean Arthur Joyce from the Vancouver sun written by poet and critic, Gary Geddes: 

"Joyce writes with passion, all the more so for having discovered that he is a descendant of one of those children. And he has the skill to make the story dramatic by using intimate close-ups, focusing on individual histories, documenting the day-to-day struggles a number of these reluctant immigrant children had making a new life, most never to see their parents or siblings again. With a poet’s eye, he often finds the exact image to make his story fly beneath the radar and nest in the ear and eye: “We are walking history. Like it or not — believe it or not — we carry its burdens. As individuals or as a nation, we either lay the ghosts of family past to rest or remain haunted by them — and pass them on to our children to deal with. The psychic dislocation of abandonment echoes down the generations like a gunshot, a bullet tearing through the heart."

Read the entire review at the link below.



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