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19 December 2006 @ 11:52 pm
Helen Frost for Poet Laureate  
If you have not had the chance to read the work of this talented author, pick up SPINNING THROUGH THE UNIVERSE, KEESHA'S HOUSE and THE BRAID for your winter reading. In these stories you will meet people who are connected to the lives we live everyday in their very ordinariness. However, while the characters are everypeople, the stories are not at all common. Frost is a master storyteller who uses poetic forms in much the same way I use sentences. She is able to construct compelling stories about families in lyrical language that seems to somehow connect readers to the lives of the characters she creates.

THE BRAID tells of Sarah and Jeannie, two sisters who are separated by miles and circumstances. However, their bond is one that cannot be easily broken. The two carry with them a braid of hair shorn from the other before their voyage in different directions. This braid is echoed in the poetic structure of the novel in intricate yet subtle ways. This is one of the hallmarks of Frost's work: her ability to utilize poetic structures that effortlessly tell story without intrusion. Frost makes her work seamless and invisible to the reader, but it is there connecting us all to story.