Some Other Sky

f we doubt importance, if we despair over loss, if we lament the passage of time without purpose, if we feel ourselves fading away from the failure to realize the promise of our best selves, if we know that youth is fleeting and old age involves in Layton’s words “the inescapable lousiness of growing old,” we might find solace and consolation and hope in the poems of Don Gutteridge. He remembers the full vigour of coltish desire in youth, and he celebrates the beauty of having found lifelong love.

– John B. Lee, Poet Laureate of the city Brantford in perpetuity, Poet Laureate of Norfolk County for life

On sizzling summer nights

boys budding and girls

sudden with breasts

play hide-and-go-seek

in the juddering shadows
under the lascivious light
of a June moon: too
soon to be blessed by
some tremulous touch,

they wait for the “all free” call

and come running in side-

ways tandem towards

Mara’s lamp and what
is just beginning to daze

and delight.

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The first striking thing to note about Inklings: Poems of the Point and Beyond is the depth of its images, which pull readers into each succinct poem like a snapshot captures the eye with colourful immediacy. These are the moments that define our lives past, present, and future. As the camera captures the image in its seconds of glory before it fades or transforms, so Inklings captures those connections in life and family before they evolve into something different, bringing free verse poetry readers along for a ride through metaphor and experience.

Diane Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review


Kim Fahner lives and writes in Sudbury, Ontario. The first female poet laureate of the City of Greater Sudbury, this is her fourth collection of poems. She has written two plays that have been workshopped at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, and is currently completing her first novel, a historical piece set in a northern mining town outside of Sudbury. Kim is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Writers’ Union of Canada, and PEN Canada. She blogs at The Republic of Poetry at

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Release: 2017
Pages: 88
Format: Paperback

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