Hutchinson’s narrative poems interrogate landscape, measuring the elusive weight of colonial history. Reviewing Far District for the Huffington Post in 2010, poet Carol Muske-Dukes notes that as readers of the collection “[w]e are here to reinvestigate origins,” observing that “Ishion Hutchinson moves in and out of "borders", geographical and emotional - and in and out of traditions (singing to Claude McKay) so gracefully that at times the reader has to remind herself of dark intent, which is undeniably here.” In a 2013 interview with Sarah Sansolo for American University’s Creative Writing Program’s blog Café Americain, Hutchinson discussed the concerns of his newer work, stating, “The landscapes in some of the newer poems are less autobiographical, less from the backhand of retrospect, I guess, and more a shifting concatenation of landscapes not yet arrived at. I think this is a result of reading rather than actual travel; I have been crisscrossing centuries, different existences, the rhythm and mode of other places and now it is has woven a basket in my head. I am pulling the straws from that.”
His debut poetry collection, Far District (2010), won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award. Hutchinson’s additional honors include a Whiting Writers’ Award and the Academy of American Poets’ Larry Levis Prize. A Pirogue Fellow, Hutchinson teaches at Cornell University.
Poems By ISHION HUTCHINSON
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Poetry at the End of the World
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