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First Spring Grass Fire

by Kitty Drexel
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Monday Sep 17, 2012
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Rae Spoon’s "First Spring Grass Fire" is a collection of short stories depicting the experiences of a narrator growing up Pentecostal Christian and queer in Canada. It is a forthright narrative about moments of clarity in a bizarre time of numbing panic and creative interlude. The Narrator says, "I would look into the clouds for messages that confirmed my doubts and find nothing - just a huge, God-filled sky over the dry grass on Nose Hill, brown after the snow melted and waiting for a lit cigarette to set the first spring grass fire." As the Narrator waits for affirmations from God, the he adapts to the uncontrollable elements of his life to create his own affirmations of truth.

Spoon is primarily a country and pop/electronic musician. Their CD’s (available at http://www.savedbyradio.com/shop.htm) showcase their ethereal singing and dynamic lyric-voice that their "First Spring Grass Fire" doesn’t quite capture. To truly understand the message of this collection, it behooves the reader to research Spoon’s catalogue as the music can serve as a preface. Spoon has been experimenting with guitar and voice since early childhood. Music is Spoon’s first and most natural creative medium.

"I would look into the clouds for messages that confirmed my doubts and find nothing - just a huge, God-filled sky over the dry grass on Nose Hill, brown after the snow melted and waiting for a lit cigarette to set the first spring grass fire."

Spoon’s writing is preternaturally calm and direct for all of the experiences the book involves; self-deprogramming, psychological/physical abuse, among other horrors. The Narrator character is amazingly balanced for someone having suffered so much early trauma. This character is not seeking pity or sympathy, rather, the story is told in order to point out that queers aren’t broken into being. Those in the community are made this way.

First Spring Grass Fire
Rae Spoon
http://www.arsenalpulp.com
$14.85 US/CAD

by Rae Spoon

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