The Arrow of Time
By Bruce Meyer
Time touches everything, and in doing so changes everything. The Arrow of Time examines the challenges, transformations and surprises wrought by change, and celebrates the ways we attempt to measure our lives against this invisible force. From John Constable’s home at East ... Read more
Time touches everything, and in doing so changes everything. The Arrow of Time examines the challenges, transformations and surprises wrought by change, and celebrates the ways we attempt to measure our lives against this invisible force. From John Constable’s home at East Bergholt to the shattered streets of Nanking, China, in 1937, Meyer offers a fresh and lyrically commanding statement of the impact that time, death and love have on our determination to hold on to life. For Meyer, time is not merely a matter of minutes, days, or years, but the process of alteration and change that inhabits all things. In his poetry Meyer evokes how the introduction of a random element — love, beauty, or desire — changes the flow of events, how time can stand still at certain moments, and how we gain small victories by celebrating what we live for.
Bruce Meyer is the author of more than forty-five books of poetry, short fiction, non-fiction, literary journalism, and textbooks. His broadcasts such as The Great Books and Great Poetry: Poetry is Life and Vice-Versa with Michael Enright are the CBC's bestselling spoken-word audio cds. His most recent books include the anthology, We Wasn't Pals: Canadian Poetry and Prose of the First World War (co-edited with Barry Callaghan with an afterword by Margaret Atwood), the poetry books The Obsession Book of Timbuktu, Testing the Elements, and The Seasons, and the short story collection A Chronicle of Magpies. He is professor of English at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario, and visiting professor of literature at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He was the inaugural poet laureate of the City of Barrie from 2010 to 2014. He lives in Barrie with his wife and daughter.