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  • By Richard Marshall
    Oct 15, 2009
    "Black Dogs Unleashed: The Tenth Anniversary Anthology" Black Dogs Unleashed is an anthology of short works from ten writers. The stories are as unusual as the title of the work itself. With all of the stories, I found myself forming pictures of the writers themselves. I pictured them as being all very different, very creative, very free people. By and large the writings challenged me and made me think not only about what was being said but about the writer him or herself. Jennifer Cavender caused me to go back into my early years and realize the effects that our surroundings have, and of our tendency to retreat to the fun and familiar when the puzzles of life become imponderable. Diane Wellman gives us a good look at how adults appear to children, and also makes us conscious that the things we do are observed, analyzed, and form the basis of how the world seems to them. Marie Manilla does a beautiful job of telling what life is like after the loss of husband, and father.... More > The struggle to find meaning, to try to carry on, and then reaching a conclusion that helps. Llewellyn McKernan brought back memories of my mother-in-law breaking a hip and lying on the kitchen floor for a day and a night before she was found. Llewellyn gave me a good picture of what may have been going through Gran's mind. Maybe because I'm a priest who believes in visions, prophets, and miracles, I really enjoyed Matthew Wolfe's "Ezekiel". Possessing a scientific bent, I really enjoyed catching his allusion to a parallel universe. I think I could sit and chat for hours with Matthew. I talked with Jenny Grover right after I read her writings and told her that reading her works was like watching her paint with words. The paper is her canvas, the dictionary is her palette, and her mind is the brush that creates vivid images. From the dangerous adventure of space travel, to the throes of weariness that we sometimes find ourselves immersed in, to the joyous delights of late pre-teen ventures into disobedience and thrill seeking, Jenny presents us with three vivid, colorful portrayals. I found Beverly Delidow's tales of family life delightful, interesting, and skillfully brought together. I found the title "Kachina" not only interesting, but original. After reading Beverly's work, I could feel the sense of revealing one being within and after another. Carol Brodtrick's account of her husband's affliction with Alzheimer's is a work that would be most helpful to those who suffer with the sufferers. I have ministered to some people with Alzheimer's and other dementia afflictions. I could sense her pain and the struggle to make life where so much of it has been lost. I do hope that Carol's account will become widely read and of great help to others going down the same road. (tears) Marc Miller's football story was well placed coming right after Carol's writings. We need to be reminded that life can also be fun. What a time Marc must have had with so many outstanding personalities from the sport that he obviously loves the best. Paul Martin's "Lawrence Ferlinghetti in the Restroom" is like a good cognac after a most satisfying meal. A most refreshing tale of how sometimes pickles are turned into a very good relish. And I did relish very much my reading of Black Dogs and would like to meet with you all sometime. Father Richard< Less
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Product Details

First Paperback Edition
Black Dog Writers
October 22, 2008
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.39 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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