Did I Miss Anything?: Selected Poems 1973-1993

Did I Miss Anything?: Selected Poems 1973-1993

by Tom Wayman
     
 
Tom Wayman has been writing and publishing the poetry of everyday life for over twenty years. This anniversary collection gathers the best of Wayman's published work from eleven previous volumes, along with some provocative new poems, in celebration of his commitment to honest, accessible writing with a sense of humour.

Although Wayman laments the disappearance of

Overview

Tom Wayman has been writing and publishing the poetry of everyday life for over twenty years. This anniversary collection gathers the best of Wayman's published work from eleven previous volumes, along with some provocative new poems, in celebration of his commitment to honest, accessible writing with a sense of humour.

Although Wayman laments the disappearance of poetry as a popular art form, and its adoption as "an instument of torture" in educational institutions, "like a steadily-promoted deck officer on the Titanic" he has been having a darn good time as a writer. For years he has been considered the guru of the work poetry movement, and has held a number of blue-collar and white-collar jobs across Canada and the USA.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550170924
Publisher:
Harbour Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/1993
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.70(d)

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Unemployment

The chrome lid of the coffee pot twists off, and the glass knob rinsed.
Lift out the assembly, dump the grounds out. Wash the pot and fill with water, put everything back with fresh grounds and snap the top down.
Plug in again and wait.

Unemployment is also a great snow deep around the house choking the street, and the City.
Nothing moves. Newspaper photographs show the traffic backed up for miles.
Going out to shovel the walk
I think how in a few days the sun will clear this.
No one will know I worked here.

This is like whatever I do.
How strange that so magnificent a thing as a body with its twinges, its aches should have all that chemistry, that bulk the intricate electrical brain subjected to something as tiny as buying a postage stamp.
Or selling it.

Or waiting.

Wayman Ascending into the Middle Class

In the middle of a trans-Canada excursion while he visits for a week with the parents of a friend
Wayman lies in a hammock through the hot August days.
Far behind him now are the horrible winter mornings he got up in the dark and dragged his lunchbox off to work.
Here, as he sips a drink in the gently rocking couch scarcely a thought crosses his mind about his old companions still probably stumbling about complaining as they hammer nails, steer tugboats or chase logs through the bush a thousand miles away.

A light breeze springs up. Through half-closed eyes
Wayman contemplates flowers, and a leafy screen.
He begins to sway into sleep. The beer bottle slips out of his languid grasp and falls almost silently onto the thick green lawn. Wayman sighs.
He feels himself float in his hammock, and begin to drift upwards:
ascending, as he snores into the middle class.

Meet the Author

Tom Wayman was born in Ontario in 1945, but has spent most of his life in British Columbia. He has worked at a number of jobs, both blue and white-collar, across Canada and the U.S., and has helped bring into being a new movement of poetry in these countries--the incorporation of the actual conditions and effects of daily work. His poetry has been awarded the Canadian Authors' Association medal for poetry, the A.J.M. Smith Prize, first prize in the USA Bicentennial Poetry Awards competition, and the Acorn-Plantos Award; in 2003 he was shortlisted for the Governor-General's Literary Award. He has published more than a dozen collections of poems, six poetry anthologies, three collections of essays and three books of prose fiction. He has taught widely at the post-secondary level in Canada and the U.S., most recently (2002-2010) at the University of Calgary. Since 1989 he has been the Squire of "Appledore," his estate in the Selkirk Mountains of southeastern BC.

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