Mara’s Lamp

Much of Gutteridge’s poetry is based on his remem- brances of Point Edward, the small Canadian village perched on the shore of Lake Huron where he grew up. His poetry is rich and textured. His words fuse sense and sound, all tempered by the sense of time endless and flowing or frozen, or, in the case of

the sands and waters of Canatara, simply eternal. I am, as always, most awed by Gutteridge’s Canatara poems; his love letters to the dunes and the end- less summers spent playing in the sand and braving the icy waters that whisper enticingly. I find myself captivated with the concept of immortality imbued in those sands and the vastness of the elements that built those shores up so lovingly. Family is also an enduring theme in this work, with the poet’s grand- father looming large over everything. He is a con- stant, a source of strength, even if gone too soon. Gutteridge deftly plays with time, weaving past and present and the enduring aspect of life in Mara’s Lamp. This is a remarkable work that prods our sense of self and personal immortality, and it reveals how we are part of something grand and enduring.

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Don Gutteridge was born in Sarnia and raised in the nearby village of Point Edward. He taught High School English for seven years, later becoming a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Western University, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He is the author of seventy books: poetry, fiction and scholarly works in educational theory and practice. He has published twenty-two novels, including the twelve-volume Marc Edwards mystery series, and thirty-two books of poetry, one of which, Cop- permine, was short-listed for the 1973 Governor- General’s Award. In 1970 he won the UWO Presi- dent’s Medal for the best periodical poem of that year, “Death At Quebec.” To listen to interviews with the author, go to: http://thereandthen.pod- Don lives in London, Ontario.

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