Who needs editors?
I feel compelled to respond to Mr. Burton Janes’ review of Mr. Eric Payne’s recent book, “ The Corner Boys of Brigus,” which appeared inthe Aug. 16 edition ofThe Compass. In no way are my comments to be considered as criticism of Mr. Janes’ review. However, hopefully your readers will appreciate another opinion.
I consider myself to be an absolute lover of poetry. I’ve had only one poem published in a worldwide magazine, and recently I finished a second poem, which took me four years to dream, imagine and complete with compassion and love.
I’ve travelled extensively throughout the world. What love I have for beautiful Newfoundland and peaceful, historic Brigus! I read Mr. Janes’ review closely, and may I compliment him for his expertise in the field of literature and his overall comments concerning writing ability, omissions and spelling mistakes.
However, my opinion and review come from a completely different direction. I find this beginning, previously unpublished author a breath of fresh air.
Yes, there are misspellings and mistakes. So what? Where would some of the greatest authors be if they didn’t write completely terrible books early in their hopes and dreams? Everything in Mr. Janes’ review is probably true but, as I stated before, my words shall thrive on the words “gentle” and “encouragement.”
I congratulate Mr. Payne on his efforts, hopes and dreams. I recommend that he never enlist an editor to change, erase or improve his writings. Perhaps his somewhat poor writings could relate to an old, antique desk or table that is found. The experts say, “don’t remove the scratches and marks. Age, mistakes and wear really make it real!”
Congratulations to Mr. Janes for his interest and review. Perhaps, though, there could be another side of the coin … written by that guy Cooper. One of my favourite books is “The Last of the Mohicans.” Maybe Mr. Payne’s “Corner Boys of Brigus” won’t be his last book. Try again!
John S. Ide, Brigus