The road a poet travels is often littered with unrealized fragments, half-realized drafts, and unfinished poems that found their ways into a magazine but never earned their way into a book. If a poet is lucky, a few of such left-behinds might be “rescued,” released into their true form thanks to abilities that have ripened over many years of practice. In UNDER SLEEP’S NEW MOON, Joseph Hutchison (Colorado Poet Laureate, 2014-2019) offers a range of such poems, all rescued from twenty years of writing between 1970-1990. The poems in this new/old collection are by turns personal and public, surreal and naturalistic, musical and plain-spoken. But all explore the liminal regions we live in every day, too often unconscious of what we’re finding there. What this poet found there he has lifted into new configurations, where at last the poems can speak for themselves.
Joseph Hutchison, Colorado Poet Laureate (2014- 2019), has published 19 poetry collections, including The World As Is: New & Selected Poems, 1972-2015 (NYQ Books, 2016), Marked Men (WordTech Communications LLC, 2016), and the narrative sequence Bed of Coals (FurtureCycle Press). His poems have appeared in over 100 journals-including Agni Review, American Poetry Review, Pedestal Magazine, Poetry (Chicago), and Poetry Salzburg Review-and in numerous anthologies, including New Poets of the American West and A Ritual to Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford. Joe directs the Professional Creative Writing program at the University of Denver's University College.Author City: DENVER, CO USA