Van Loon’s musical ear drew me into the narrative fast... - Catherine Owen, Marrow Reviews
Building on River is full of lyrical moments and metaphor. - Patrick Langston, Artsfile
Jean Van Loon has reinterpreted, rendered if you like, biography, extensive research, heresay and conjecture, all of it into a timeless tapestry. This brocade plays out, almost seamlessly, in the mind's eye, as though the reader were watching a movie. Van Loon is cinematic.- Michael Dennis, Today's Book of Poetry
"While each of van Loon’s poems rests light on the page, collectively they carry great weight, conjuring the march of John Rudolphus Booth from restless, Lower Canada farm boy to international lumber tycoon. A carefully researched, richly imagined, finely written, and masterfully constructed collection that not only tells the story of Booth himself, but that of a river, an industry, an era, and the emergence of Ottawa as our young country’s new capital. An impressive and ultimately moving literary feat. Bravo!" - Catherine Owen, Jury Citation, Ottawa Book Awards
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