Bed of Coals
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Joseph Hutchison's BED OF COALS is a poetic sequence that tells a story of emotional crisis and recovery at the unsparing hand of Eros. Rooted in transgression, the poems honor the powerful psychic energies at work in the book's tragicomical hero, whose name is Vander Meer. They trace his journey toward balance and wholeness in ways that reflect his struggle: shifting points of view, mercurial mood-swings, now layered and allusive, now plain as a single plucked guitar string. It is a highly crafted but deeply human book, a book for readers who appreciate the strange richness of our inner lives.
Futurecycle Press, 9781938853333, 78pp.
Publication Date: January 21, 2014
About the Author
Joseph Hutchison is the author of 15 collections of poems, including Marked Men, Thread of the Real, The Earth-Boat, and Bed of Coals (winner of the 1994 Colorado Poetry Award). He co-edited, with Andrea L. Watson, the FutureCycle Press anthology Malala: Poems for Malala Yousafzai, proceeds of which benefit the Malala Fund to support girls' education. Hutchison makes his living as a commercial writer and as an adjunct professor of graduate-level writing and literature at the University of Denver's University College. He and his wife, yoga instructor Melody Madonna, live in the mountains southwest of Denver.