I think one of the hallmarks of a good artist is the understanding of space. A good painter or photographer knows that negative space is every bit as crucial as the subject matter. A good musician understands that the space between notes is just as important, if not more so, then the notes themselves. Each time you listen, your hear something new, some subtle nuance. Melinda's writing clearly demonstrates that she understands this dynamic. Each time she sends in a new piece, she makes me think. Each time I re-read her pieces, I see something new. I would add that as a publisher who deals with many authors, Melinda is always a pleasure to work with. She is polite and always grateful, something a great many others could learn from!
It's a privilege to have her work grace our pages.
President and CEO. Life As A Humanwww.lifeasahuman.
"Lyrical and deeply evocative, Melinda Cochrane's poetry calls demons to the dance floor and brings the mighty to their knees. She's an Island Poet beautifully captures the spirit of Islandness, in general, and Newfoundland, in particular. She celebrates the struggles of place and people as the very loom on which their inner fibres are woven. This is an intensely human and honest collection that will leave you changed."
Dr. Ellyn Lyle, author and lecturer
University of Prince Edward Island
Melinda Cochrane evokes the geography, history, politics, and sociology of Newfoundland and Labrador with the kind of hardy and hard-edged truthfulness that characterizes so much of the vital and unique culture of the province some call the Rock. Melinda’s poetic narratives conjure a world that is craggy and wind-swept and storm-tossed. In poetry that pulses with the creative energies of story, image, music, emotion, and voice,....\ stories resonate with lingering and haunting rhythms like ocean waves playing percussion on beach stones. Melinda invokes a world that is chaotic and challenging, but because of her courageous willingness to call out in a voice that is poetic and prophetic, she also ultimately spells a portrait of life in Newfoundland and Labrador that is profoundly hopeful, never nostalgic or romantic. This book has been fired in the heart, and hammered in the imagination, and it is offered as a gift of sturdy wisdom that can sustain us in addressing urgent contemporary issues of class privilege and social justice, especially through education as creative, liberating, and transformative. Dr. Carl Leggo, poet and professor and Newfoundlander University of British Columbia