Review of Double Dutch by Laura Trunkey

When I was a kids, the circus came to town. I went, loved the Fun House Mirrors , where I appeared upside down or oddly twised in ways that made me seem like someone else. I never knew what was coming next.

When I began to read Double Dutch, I had the same Fun House Mirror feeling. In Night Terror, Nichole’s son Jasper speaks Arabic in his sleep. She thinks he’s been invaded by a terrorist. Wait a minute and Nichole is revealed. And her son’s nightime terror is a poem. 

Turn the page. In Ursus Arctos Horribilis, a woman, attacked by a bear becomes a bear.

In the title story, Double Dutch, Noah, Ronald Regan’s stand-in,  falls in love with Nancy. The mirrors shift again. What is it we are seeing?

Then, in Second Comings and Goings, a gypsy boy is deemed miraculous and walks over water and drowns. Or does he?

In Double Dutch, the house of mirrors is opening its doors to us. Come in, says the sign over the door, come in. Read this book. You never know what will happen here. Magic.

Wendy Morton is a poet, has 7 books in the world, has gotten a wall full of awards: the very best being the Meritorious Service Metal from the Governor General for her projects which have brought honour to Canada: Random Acts of Poetry and The Elder Project. She believes that a poem is the shortest distance between two hearts.