CHRIS FAIERS: EEL PIE DHARMA
Unfinished Monument Press
PO Box 69
ISBN 0 920976 42 5
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|CHRIS FAIERS: EEL PIE DHARMA|
This is an autobiographical book relating the adventures of a young Canadian/American who came to England in the 1960s in order to avoid the draft. It deals with his life among the London bohemian set: hippies, hells angels and drug pushers all feature as does a brief encounter with George Harrison. He also offers an account of his early development as a poet and his fondness for the haiku form. The memoir is punctuated with examples of his poetry which tend to supplement and illustrate the events that inspired it. A night on the streets in Kingston on Thames, for instance, produced:
Making camp in a vacant lot with outcast catsThough little of the haiku is particularly arresting in its own right it does work to complement the prose quite nicely and, on the whole, I enjoyed the book. Certainly it offers a worthwhile insight into the life of a free-thinker who was lucky enough to be a part of the counterculture at a key moment in history.
|reviewer: Paul McDonald.|