Swimming Toward the Sun: Collected Poems 1968-2018 gathers together five decades of poetry of the accomplished Canadian poet Laurence Hutchman. He invites us to take a poetic odyssey, starting in the late 1960?s enriched by his travels to Europe, leading us through the turbulent times in cosmopolitan Montreal of the 1970?s, to a long residence in New Brunswick and finally his return to Ontario. Through a powerful and daring use of language and a haunting musicality of lines, Hutchman explores the relationship between real and imaginative landscape as he bears witness to his place and time.
Laurence Hutchman teaches Canadian literature at the Université de Moncton, Edmundston. His most recent book is Beyond Borders.
On Selected PoemsLaurence Hutchman's poetry is a witness to the world around him, to the patterns of families, nations, and landscape. He hears Mozart in the supermarket, and Nelligan breaking into song. While there's a refreshingly outward-looking documentary zeal in his poetry, transformations abound: a typewriter becomes a 'silent temple,' a baseball glove a 'leather flower,' a forest a 'way of going into myself. ' With this selection from his previous books, it's clearer than ever how Hutchman's mix of curiosity-driven realism and metaphorical surprise gives his poetry generosity and scope. --Brian BartlettOn Reading the WaterLaurence Hutchman, a key figure in Maritime poetry, expands our delight in knowing the world and loving life. His insightful poems record a life well lived in humour and seriousness. He allows the language to sing with the force of his own deep music. With unassuming wisdom, humanity and tenderness, Hutchman celebrates the people and spiritual landscapes of our contemporary li
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