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Swimming Toward the Sun: Collected Poems: 1968-2020
Guernica Editions, Fall 2020
334 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835404
ISBN10: 1771835400
English
$25.00 Canada, $21.95 US, £14.95 UK

Swimming Toward the Sun: Collected Poems (1968-2020) brings together five decades of poetry of the accomplished Canadian poet Laurence Hutchman. He invites us to take a poetic odyssey, starting in the late 1960s in his travels to Europe, leading us through the turbulent times in cosmopolitan Montreal of the 1970s, 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.
The bricks have never been so red. / The sky is blue as it was in the beginning-- / a clear pastel eternity. / The clouds are fantastic swirls, feelings. / The brilliant grass glimmers through the fence, / and I must watch this lonely swimmer, / ten years old and struggling in the shallow water. / “Look, I can almost touch the bottom.”

Books by Laurence Hutchman

In the Writers' Words: Conversations with Eight Canadian Poets Swimming Toward the Sun: Collected Poems: 1968-2020