Poetry. The world is sensuously and immediately present in Gerald Fleming's SWIMMER CLIMBING ONTO SHORE. While these poems question the capacity of language to render the heart of human existence, the poet's words never fail to praise the transformative power of art in making sense of that existence. "Love is the catalyst, but so also is wit, unexpected and inexorably delivered," says Diana O Hehir of this collection. "In a voice of condensed, colloquial intimacy sobered by awareness of the world's menace and acknowledging the irrational in himself, [Fleming] reaches a high compassionate humor as he infuses his exploration with the surprising pleasure of sudden discovery"—Jack Marshall.
Gerald Fleming's previous books are THE CHOREOGRAPHER (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2013), NIGHT OF PURE BREATHING (Hanging Loose Press, 2011), and SWIMMING CLIMBING ONTO SHORE (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2005). He taught in San Francisco's public schools for thirty-seven years and has written three books for teachers, including Rain, Steam, and Speed (Jossey-Bass/Wiley). From 1995 to 2000, he edited and published the literary magazine Barnabe Mountain Review, and is currently editing both the limited- edition vitreous magazine One (More) Glass and The Collected Prose & Poetry of Lawrence Fixel. He lives most of the year in Lagunitas, California, and part of the year in Paris, France.Author City: LAGUNITAS, CA USA