Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Zine Review: Rain Crow Rain Crow Sing Us a Shower
Rain Crow Rain Crow Sing Us a Shower
by Sean Stewart
36 pages / half-letter / $4 US
I love writing that surprises. Rain Crow Rain Crow Sing Us a Shower is a zine that draws readers into the word meditations of Sean Stewart, and we begin to look through his eyes.
The nature of Rain Crow Rain Crow Sing Us a Shower might seem straightforward to some, and slightly baffling to others. Is this prose stream of consciousness journaling or meticulously crafted wordsmithing? Will any of these prose pieces linger in my mind or dissipate like clouds in a windblown sky?
Two vignettes definitely resonate and echo in the windtunnels that are my thoughts: one about a proposed rocket trip to Mars, the other about a brief visit to a bookshop. Sean Stewart writes like an alchemist. At times you are drawn to the smallest of details, at others, you slip into the mood that he has painted with ink on the page.
Rain Crow Rain Crow Sing Us a Shower veers from the melodious to the monotonous with quiet grace infused with everyday rhythms. There are slugs, birds (lots of birds), and rain. There are mysterious cigar smoking men and lunchbreaks. There are dreams There are interludes that feel like a timeless conversation between the one and the other..
I suspect I will be revisiting this zine again when in the bliss of some alone time.