" ... An exquisite biographical novel, in the tradition of Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid ... clearly [Maggs] has his own deep knowledge of what he calls Ôan ancient game with ancient rules' ... Night Work takes us into the darker, more complex psyche of a colder nation."--John Degen, The Globe and Mail
"Sawchuck could be the poster boy for that golden age of hockey ... also [the] face of the game's darker side ... [Night Work]'s a historical epic, complete with tragically flawed characters, high drama, gladiatorial combat, and occasional comic relief."--Barbara Carey, The Toronto Star
"Each of the dozens of short poems is a revelation ... a wonderful celebration of maskless, thinly padded goalies who wore bare-faced grimaces of pain, even fear, with their bruises that lasted deep into the summer."--Dave Stubbs, Montreal Gazette
About the Author
Randall Maggs is the author of Timely Departures (poetry, 1994), and co-editor of two anthologies pairing Newfoundland and Canadian poems with those of Ireland. He is artistic director of Newfoundlands March Hare festival of music and literature, and teaches literature at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and moving Dec 4 2012
By T. Urquhart
Came across this volume by chance, and found it remarkable. Very moving, without shying away from what I assume is a fair portayal of the guts and physicality of hockey in the 50's, and the sometimes difficult lives of the farmboys brought up to play in the major leagues. Sawchuk emerges as a troubled soul, but very real - Maggs reveals his demons with compassion for the man. I see Quill and Quire criticized it to some degree for containing exposition here and there, and the reviewer indicated that poetry was not built for this - a ridiculous stance, and Maggs proves that a powerful story can be told with a book-length series of poems. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars doesn't get any better Aug. 28 2008
By J. J. Rahn - Published on Amazon.com
Maggs research, style and feeling are eloquently portayed in these poems. My father was a hockey nut. Every time I pick up Night Work I think about him and Terry and Gordie and the game.
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