Fiction Though Joe Wilkins S New Collection Of Short Fiction Set Under The Big Montana Sky May Have All The Trappings Of A Traditional Western Long Shots Of Sage Flats And Blue Mountains, Late Nights At The Dingy Local Watering Hole, And A Hard Working Cowboy Making Time With The Boss S Daughter FAR ENOUGH Is Far From Traditional A Series Of Short Prose Fragments Told From Several Viewpoints, FAR ENOUGH Follows Willie Benson, Wade Newman, And Young Jackie Newman As They Crisscross The High Plains Of Eastern Montana, Each Searching For Something To Hold Onto Wilkins S Narratives Splintered, Wending, Intertwined Sprawl Out Beneath A Huge, Dazzling Sky Filled With Blue Lightning Run The Wrong Way, Red Eruptions And The Slow Fade To Gold, A White Ache Along The Horizon Poetic, Darkly Humorous, Subversive FAR ENOUGH Is A Western For Our Time Equal Parts Rocketing Narrative And Arresting Imagery, FAR ENOUGH Trains A Grave Attention On The Longings And Flaws Of Ranch People, And The Injustices They Inflict And Suffer In These Fiercely Charged Fragments, Joe Wilkins Distills Small Town, Big Sky Culture Into A Brilliant, Austere, Yet Addictive Liquor Anna Keesey, Author Of Little Century Joe Wilkins S Portrait Of The Modern American West Is Told Via One Page Dramatic Tableaux That Read Like Those Suddenly Captured Moments In Poetry, In Language As Simple And Unadorned In Its Beauty As The Montana Prairie These Men And Women Are Laconic And Unassuming In Their Wants, Fears, Desires, And Wilkins Reveals Them To Us Wholly, Unsparingly, Vividly The Vision Here Is Clear Eyed And Humane If Chekhov Were Born In Billings Instead Of Taganrog, He Might Very Well Have Written About People Like This, Just As Wilkins Has Daniel Orozco, Author Of Orientation And Other Stories When I M Asked What An Ideal Story For Our Magazine Would Be, I Think But Don T Say Like A Joe Wilkins Story FAR ENOUGH Is Tight, Chiseled And Beautiful, Full Of Language So Physical It Seems Like Landscape Itself You Can Feel The West In These Words But You Can Feel The People Too, Their Stories Equal To The Place I Love Joe Wilkins S Stories I Always Have David Gessner, Editor In Chief At Ecotone It starts with a man losing his thumb, and ends with an almost pastoral scene of a parched landscape being treated to a drenching rain Wilkins collections are always wonderful, and this newest chapbook I m not sure if it s a work of prose poetry or flash fiction but I have come to the conclusion that the label doesn t really matter is a great addition to his growing library of work Subtitled, A Western in Fragments this book tells the story of the conte
I liked the different style the way this story was told A paragraph or two was like its own short story or chapter, but they all wove together to tell a story about a young cowboy, his life and how he got on the path he couldn t leave The writing wasn t spectacular, but
A retelling of some classic Western stories in short prose poem form Quite lovely, and the fragment structure adds depth to the telling of the story.
- 40 pages
- Far Enough
- Joe Wilkins
- 01 October 2019 Joe Wilkins