Kate Braid

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A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems

Ice Man

The image of me out there – Ice Man –
it’s only image. I don’t want to show
how it all comes from the blood, from inside, you know?
I only tell you this now because I’m drunk on sound.
Tomorrow I will deny it.
Blood? What blood? I am Bach

Book Details

Book Title:  A Well-Mannered Storm: The Glenn Gould Poems

Book Type:  Poetry

Published:  Halfmoon Bay: Caitlin Press 2008

ISBN:  978-1-894759-28-1

In Print?:  Yes

Available From:  Your local independent or on-line bookseller or the publisher, Caitlin Press In the US, from Amazon (retail) or Partners West (bookstores).

Description:  A Well-Mannered Storm explores an imagined correspondence between Glenn Gould – one of Canada’s most brilliant musicians – and “k,” an admiring fan who accidentally comes across his music. When “k” experiences sudden hearing loss in one ear, she finds comfort in Gould’s music while Gould struggles with the difficulties of his own life: his family, his health, his strong beliefs in how music should be presented, and his personal habits, considered “eccentric” by a watchful public.


Art inspires art, and A Well-Mannered Storm is proof of it. Kate Braid is an accomplished author and poet, and this time turns her inspiration to the music of famed Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. Telling a story through verse of a conversation with Gould and a fan, A Well-Mannered Storm is unique and fine poetry by a master.
- Midwest Book Review (US) The Poetry Shelf

I knew I would probably like this book! I just didn't know I would end up loving it! I collect anything written or played by, about, and/or for Glenn Gould... so when I saw the listing for this poem book, I wanted to add it to my many ‘piles’ of other G.G. books.

As I was leaving my house to go out for lunch and then to do some shopping the other day, my postman handed me my mail. So, I ‘dumped’ it in the car seat beside me, and proceeded on to town. I took the book along to ‘look through’ while I would be waiting for my lunch. Well, I found a quiet corner, and ordered lunch. Then I began reading while I was waiting to be served, then was still reading through dessert, and many coffee refills later, I was still sitting there reading (I couldn't put it down until I was finished)!

The rest of the lunch crowd came and went, while I was still there, turning from one page to the next, oblivious to what was going on around me! Well, I literally finished it before I left the restaurant that day, and when I got back to my car, I found that I really wasn’t in the mood to shop after all! All I really wanted to do was go home and listen to Glenn Gould’s CD's and think about what I had just read!

I felt like I had just finished reading a “Love Story” ~ that‘s the effect it had on me! (I imagine that Kate Braid did actually love G.G. ~ or at least ‘fantasized’ about it)! Which, I must admit that I am a member of that *secret little club* myself! I love his music and do love watching the concert videos and films, (a lot of which are now on YouTube.com, by the way) and the myriad of interesting interviews with him, especially when he was a ‘fresh-faced boy’ in his prime. He really was a “Darling Boy,” wasn't he, fellow fans?! So talented and just a true *Genius*! We may never see the likes of him again!

BTW, I couldn't tell you what I had for lunch that day, but I could probably recite some of the wonderful lines from this *gem* of a book! I really do just want to highly recommend this little book -- it is a ‘wonderful read’ and if you purchase it, you will probably love it too! (And you will be sorry when it comes to the end, just as I was)! :-)

5 out of 5 stars I Was Amazed! This Is a Great Little Book by a True Glenn Gould Fan! May 7 2009 By Tiger/LiL - published on Amazon.com