The House of Shifting Time


The House of Shifting Time is the work of a fine wordsmith who earns his poems with his life. Here is a poet you can trust to be true to emotion and experience—and to a vision of “love in the voice of many-tongued words, / in the midst of chaos / trying not to forget where we grew up.” This new Hutchman volume is a pleasure from the first page to the last.

—Russell Thornton, author of The Broken Face

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Michael Mirolla is a daring and imaginative writer who takes us on journeys to places we haven’t been. “A place with neither inside / nor out. A place that can’t be imagined. / Imagine then what can’t be imagined.” In his new collection, At the End of the World, he employs inventive language, erudite allusions, and extraordinary metaphors creating poems as surreal caverns filled with tragedy, beauty, and courage. This book reveals Michael Mirolla at the summit of his poetic power.

Laurence Hutchman, author of Emery and Fire and Water

A good poem keeps its promise to the world, collects the details of transient reality, and reveals them reborn and remade with the prestidigitation of language. Michael Mirolla’s At the End of the World works magic with his haunting voice, his linguistic sleight of hand, and his ability to transform experience into the marvellous. Here is magic and mystery in the hands of a master.

Bruce Meyer, author of Grace of Falling Stars


Laurence Hutchman grew up in Toronto. He received his PhD from the Université de Montreal and has taught at a number of universities. For 23 years he was a professor of English literature at the Université de Moncton at the Edmundston Campus. Hutchman has published ten books of poetry, co-edited the anthology, Coastlines: the Poetry of Atlantic Canada and edited In the Writers’ Words. His poetry has received numer- ous grants and awards, including the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence. His poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Bangla and Chinese. Last year he was named poet laureate of Emery, north Toronto. He lives with his wife, the artist and poet, Eva Kolacz in Oakville.

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