Amazing Initial Journey
By Bill Sweeney
Amazon Review/Kindle Edition
“Moby-Dick” is a book about a whale. “Leatherback” is a book about a turtle.
While it might seem preposterous to mention together perhaps the greatest
achievement in modern literature and a digital debut on Amazon’s Kindle store, it
does make a fathom of sense. Herman Melville’s seagoing mammal questions our place in the universe. Mi Wae
uses the unblinking eye of an oceanic reptile to look for signs of
life on the shores of Wales, the streets of London and avenues beyond.
Ishmael would be proud.
In her first time out, Mi Wae proves a poet of prose, twisting and
turning, dazzling and
dizzying, diving, breaching.
There’s that sense of “Wow,” and “How does she do that?”
And then “Leatherback” sails effortlessly through our
That is Mi Wae’s gift. “Leatherback” lives.
Living, striving, yearning, caring, digging into the waves, feeling
their thunder, chasing the light, the glow that creates us, nurtures us, fails us. Crushed by the crowd, solemnly alone, “Leatherback” lives.