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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 poin ...more
Paperback, 78 pages
Published January 21st 2014 by FutureCycle Press
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Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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We are the publisher, so all of our authors get five stars from us. Excerpts:


JULY 22: “BUYING THE DIVORCE-MOBILE”

from the Blue Notebook

The smashed headlamp makes the whole front
look wall-eyed, and the dented left door
winces like a pockmarked cheek. I can’t believe
I’m thinking this, anthropomorphically I mean,
but the car’s as pitiful as certain girls
in hand-me-down prom dresses (horn-rims thick
as depression glass) and the vague, half
hopeful, off-the-other-way looks they all
listen to dance music w
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Jim
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Most people won’t spend as much time as I did on this book. Most people don’t spend nearly as much time as they ought to do on poetry. We treat it like prose but let’s be honest most of us don’t spend nearly as much time on prose as it deserves. The reason in both cases is lack of time or not so much lack of time but the insistence on trying to read more books than we can manage in the time we have available to us to do the job properly. On my first cursory read-through this collection I didn’t ...more
Tom
Jul 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going through Denver recently, my wife and I stopped to go to the Tattered Cover bookstore. What a wonderful place. Not seeing any reason to buy a book there that I could get anywhere else in the country, I picked up two books by local poet Joseph Hutchison, this one and The Rain at Midnight.
Hutchison is very skillful and has a talent for imagery and detail, but this collection of poems did not reach the boiling point for me. I wanted to like it more than I did. Of course, this could be due to a
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Tony Parsons
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read quite a bit of poetry but not familiar with this type/style at all. Seemed there was a lot on broken romance or divorce, kind of depressing. I’ll go with the writer’s credentials, since I’m a graduate student.

A very awesome book cover, great font & writing style. A very well written set of poems (prose) (book). They were all very easy to read/follow from start/finish & never a dull moment. No grammar errors, repetitive or out of line sequence sentences. Lots of exciting scenarios, with s
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Joseph
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I wrote this one. It is an attempt to simultaneously control and honestly address emotionally charged material by using contemporary fiction and film techniques: multiple voices/points of view and not strictly linear story development.
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I was born on the westernmost edge of the Great Plains. My parents made sure there were lots of books in the house for my younger brother and me, but what I read most avidly was Poe, and to this day my work displays some Poe-ish qualities. I graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1972, and received an M.F.A. from the University of British Columbia in 1974, where I studied with the v ...more

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