In THE WORLD AS IS: NEW & SELECTED POEMS, 1972-2015, Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison gives voice to pain and passion, sorrow and joy, longing and exaltation. His poems seem to result from a wrestling with angels-the angels of transformation we all must confront to survive what Robert Penn Warren called "this century, and moment, of mania." This poetry, dark as it can be, is also filled with compassion for the wounded psyche, the torn family, the persistence of nature, the gift of deep love, and the healing power of art. These poems sing with a sensuousness born of experience, insisting that there is more to everything than meets the eye. As Paul Éluard put it, "There is another world, but it is in this one." The world as is.
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About the Author
For more than 20 years he made his living as a commercial writer but recently became Director of the Arts and Culture program at University College, the University of Denver's adult and continuing education college, where he has taught as an adjunct for many years. Despite his current academic position, he considers himself a community poet and strives to write for readers who may or may not have graduate degrees, using language that is at once direct and layered. His poems are guided by expressive necessity rather than whatever literary theory happens to be ascendant at the moment.
Joseph has two children, Susannah and Brian, and lives with his wife, Iyengar Yoga instructor Melody Madonna, in the mountains southwest of Denver.
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