Jeff Green | Mar 09, 2006
Feature Article - March 9, 2006
Feature ArticleMarch 9, 2006
Waiting for the Wolves at CafeMereaBook review by Les Russell
Cafe MEREA presented a wonderfully entertaining evening of literary and musical works by local performers to a sell-out crowd in McDonalds Corners on Feb 24.
Award winning author Michael Norman Steeves read two short stories inspired by primal archetypes drawn from ancient myths. "Waiting for the Wolves", a tale told from the perspective of a wolf, moved through several emotional states and was marked by moments of compassion and resolution, of terror and solitude. Michaels skillfully composed second work "The First Masked Hero" told the bittersweet story of a royal blacksmith turned highwayman. El Umbri the blacksmith became a hero to the people but in the end was slain by royal guards and "lay paling in his own blood, his face so perfectly framed by the sunburn on his cheeks and chin." The poems read by Carl Edgar Law, a writer from Kingston , were satiric, sardonic, melancholic, fantastical, grim, and humorous. Carl originally from Ireland , moved the audience to tears and laughter. His poem entitled "Semtex-H" described a night of terror in Ulster when he and some friends discovered the severed leg of a sixteen-year old girl in a ditch. The audience was transfixed as Carl read, "We were hypnotized, robotic almost, we were saving her life to keep from screaming." How do people, especially teenagers, survive such traumatic events in their lives? Carl has paid a price for his survival and it is passionately revealed in his creative work.