Other People's Lives: The History of a London Lot

December 6, 2020
Other People's Lives: The History of a London Lot

Exciting music, delicious ironies, radiantself-awareness.With imagination, wit and scrupulous candour, Chris Hutchinson'spoems negotiate and renegotiate the shifting no-man's-land betweenself and others, introspection and public life. Here are poemscarrying unflinching perceptions on their own innovative, edgymusic, refusing inflations of rhetoric and complacent notions ofthe inner life, bringing skeptical intelligence and radicalimagination-those supposedly incompatible room-mates-intoelectrical connection. The result is a poetry of daring honesty,close observation, and humanity, executed with exhilarating verveand humour.Each day's a notch on the oven dialthe sadistic hand of summer turns. The locals herewear mirrored glasses with the mirrors reversed!Was I ever filled with sweetness and courage?For miles and miles the asphalt unwinds, the river'sevil twin. So is desire your enemy's friend,goes the jazz of imagined footstepsslapping the city's impervious skin. So each daylapses, un-spools each night as I go schemingways to continue, safe within and darkly throughan immaterial sublime. But the walls are sweatingand the windows here peer in towards this shelteredcorner of the universe-where I'm in trouble againwith words, and other people's lives.from "Cross-Sections""A tender work of trouble and troubles, cracked language,courage. Peer into the cocked eye of this book and discoveryourself staring back. A maker of strange and wonder, ChrisHutchinson writes poems that 'shimmer, break softly open, at onceourselves, and other.'" - Matt Rader