PLUM STUFF by Rolli (Charles Anderson)
Rollick with Rolli through coddled lawns and parlour rooms, sloshing tea with gingercats under bluebird moons and slopping wine with bathing bachelorette hieresses in a world plum-stuffed with all things epicurean and bewitching, from English to Egyptian, the pathologic and the philosophic. By Canada’s Charles Anderson (Rolli), recipient of the 2007 John Kenneth Galbraith Literary Award; and winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.
With illustrations by the author. Colour. 5.5 x 8.5. 128 pages. $18.88
Literate. Illiterate. Bewitching…. In his debut collection—a nine part whimsical discourse—Canadian author/artist Rolli waxes poetic about everything under “the muscular sun.” There are poems about peaches and plums, about desperate celebs and monster poets, mistresses and mummified cats. Strange, celebratory, self-mocking, these are poems to be gulped down like summer fruit. Preview the book HERE.
There is a lot to admire with Rolli’s debut work. The 116 pages of poetic wonder are broken up into nine sections. Each section is categorized by the subject matter. These subjects range from the bewitching to the philosophical, the literate to the illiterate, the English to the Egyptian. All of these sections offer something different to admire and explore. My personal favorite was the section "Things Pathological." Here, Rolli’s work matches the sections title, in a good way.
Rolli brought something to this collection that I hadn’t seen before. Every once in a while there was a break from the traditional poetry and a short dialogue would be included. Some were as short as two lines while others went on several pages. Whatever the length, these dialogues added a unique and often humorous touch, to the collection.
Another interesting addition was the author’s original artwork. Rolli spices up his poetry with sketches that coincide with his words. The drawings give the reader a chance to connect more with Rolli and his imaginative mind.
Rolli’s creativity shines in this debut work. His content is witty and bizarre and will leave readers entertained. There is a lot to digest in Plum Stuff, but there is no doubt, after reading it, you'll walk away full and satisfied.