Inspired by American playwright Sarah Ruhl's 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, this collection is a series of miniature reflections, meditations, and ruminations on subjects encompassing matters of theatre and poetry, two subjects very close to Garebian's heart. Perceptive, ... Read more
Inspired by American playwright Sarah Ruhl's 100 Essays I Don't Have Time to Write, this collection is a series of miniature reflections, meditations, and ruminations on subjects encompassing matters of theatre and poetry, two subjects very close to Garebian's heart. Perceptive, witty, and intimate, the mini musings bubble with a sense of wonder, excitement, and intimacy. A vibrant, provocative series of mini musings that also affords insight into a particular artistic sensibility as several pieces are really slices of memoir and autobiography.
Keith Garebian is the author of five previous poetry collections - Frida: Paint Me As a Volcano (Buschek), Blue: The Derek Jarman Poems (Signature), Children of Ararat (Frontenac), and Moon on Wild Grasses (Guernica) - and fourteen books of non-fiction. His writing has earned him numerous awards, including the William Saroyan Medal (Armenia), three Mississauga Arts Awards (Established Literary), Canadian Authors Association (Niagara Branch) Poetry Awards, and numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council.
Taken together, the pieces give a sampling of why I am drawn to Theatre and Poetry. Much of both genres can be disappointing at times. Theatre is built on illusion, of course, and Poetry comes out of dreaming by way of imagining, reflecting, and re-making. They are not useful the way car mechanics or accounting can be, but they are indispensable to me because both are important parts of my life. And my writing on them is also an important part of my life.
In Mini Musings poet, scholar, and arts journalist Keith Garebian gives his readers a thought-provoking celebration-cum-critique of various lives lived in and among the arts, drenched in the controversial, the poetic, and the rigorously researched. One may not agree with, or even easily digest all of what the author muses upon so alertly, and yet, extremely well-informed prose, coupled with cocky poetic acumen, infuses Mini Musings with a panoply of ideas and emotions “inflamed by some inner mischief … caught in its own pantomime … playing charades on themes of timorousness, anxiety, and narcissism”—all crafted to great effect in these immensely entertaining miniatures
— David Bateman, Ph.D. (English Lit/Creative Writing), University of Calgary
Many of these themes would be welcome as longer instructional pieces, as the logic and art of what he has to tell us flow together in a plea for the right of actors, playwrights and poets to lift us out of the gutters to touch the stars. Although Garebian may be too humble to say, this is his Contre Saint-Beuve: his praise of all that is great in theatre and poetry, and his excoriation of all that is false. His love for the two has never been more apparent.
— Jeffrey Round, Lambda Award–winning author of the Dan Sharp mystery series
The 73 short pieces offered as Mini Musings provide maxi insights into the life and mind of both the author and the world of theatre and poetry. Keith Garebian leaves no stone unturned: from acting on stage and writing for it to probing the drama of Shakespeare and Albee, from theory and practice in poetry to public readings and cultural appropriation⎯everything in and about these literary arts is examined under the powerful microscope of Garebian’s gaze. Mini Musings has a richness that belies its title. The mix of observations, anecdotes and reflections presented in terse, witty prose, is consistently entertaining, informative and often deliberately provocative. What Garebian is giving us here is a kaleidoscope of the literary arts, a delightful and challenging must-read for anyone with any connection or commitment to theatre and poetry in our time.
— Henry Beissel