Little Exits - Harry Posner
As the title and cover suggests, this book of short stories focuses on the topic of death and the variety of ways in which people find their lives ending. I was quite intrigued by the concept as I grew up in a religious home and death was often discussed. This book felt more like poetry or a work of art. I wasn't as concerned with the characters in each short story as I was with each individual tone and methods presented.
The flow is seamless despite the change in perspective, setting, and plot with each new chapter. Trying out so many different styles of writing in one book takes a lot of effort and skill, but Posner pulls it off quite well.
I recommend taking your time with this book. Don't rush through it as the author offers up so much with each segment.
Some Bio Information
Harry Posner is a self-published poet and author from Caledon, Ontario, Canada, whose love of writing evolved in a natural progression from short stories to children’s picture books, to poetry, novels, and spoken word performance. He is a member of the spoken word/percussion duo known as The Rubber Brothers, and is a member of the Words Aloud Poetry Collective, as well as the Headwaters Writers Guild, Writers Ink Alton, and an associate member of the League of Canadian Poets. As well as teaching creative writing, Harry is the author of two novels, a book of poetry, and a workbook for developing writers. In January 2015, he launched his newest book, a collection of flash fiction, entitled LITTLE EXITS, available at www.posnerbooks.com, and is about to release an audio poetry CD of his collected spoken word poems.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
When one is getting on in life, as I am, the question of the end of life starts to loom large. So, this book is my way of approaching the mystery of death via the unfettered imagination.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
I gave myself the challenge of making each story unique unto itself, to adjust style, approach, lingo, or whatever, to suit the originality of the storyline and characters. To make no two stories alike in feel or ‘voice’. Which meant that each day and each story presented a brand new challenge. It was almost as if I had to write a brand new book (a short one!) every day.
3. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
Buckling down to the rewrites. Which is why I tend to wait longer to start the first drafts, to let the book or story sit inside of me and to really stew over the ideas and characters before beginning the writing process.
4. How would you describe the perfect writing environment?
The green world close by, good light in the room, morning, steaming cup of Assam tea on the table.
5. What can readers expect from you in the future?
Hard to say. I don’t even know what to expect of me in the future. I’ve always let my heart run the show, and it has led me in all kinds of crazy and wonderful directions. I’m very eclectic in my choice of medium, whether it be novels, short stories, or poetry. I’ve just released an audio poetry CD called IN THE EVENT OF TRUE HAPPINESS (available through www.posnerbooks.com), which is a collection of my spoken word poetry. So it’s hard to say where next my heart will lead me.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
In LITTLE EXITS, it borders on experimental or metafictional, in which the reader is made to kind of hover over the story--in it, but not of it, so to speak. It’s hard to explain. You’ll need to read to book to understand it!
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
My ultimate goal is to create fiction or poetry that touches the soul, stimulates the mind, and otherwise inspires others to pick up the sword of creativity and hack away at the mindlessness of consensus reality