Praise for In the Vicinity of Riches
Hutchinson’s thrilling, kaleidoscopic speed of associations mirrors the human present, while momentary but constantly recurring oases of loveliness signal a different possibility, perhaps beyond our grasp: renewed freshness, the seed of an answer to what “I fear most—to never stop / wondering whether there’s time left / to stop. To start over again.” A reader who meets these superb poems will join in an adventure of keeping alive the hunger for transformation.
“It’s hard to meet the world exactly where it is,” writes Hutchinson. And, yet, this is precisely what these poems do, over and over again. The poet strikes a balance between the homicidal and the hopeful, and he does so with the raw vulnerability of one for whom the shadows are a kind of illumination. There is a dogged, relentless love at the heart of this work. In a far from perfect world, one gets the sense that this poet trusts poetry – not to show us the way, but to sit with us in solitary rooms.
Hutchinson refuses to turn away from our present disaster, aware it has been with us for centuries. This world looks a lot like what exists outside our door, yet colored with the imagination of a Wallace Stevens, and the urgency of a Jorie Graham. At one point Hutchinson admits that he likes “the feeling of having no feelings,” only to implore a few pages later “show me how to feel.” Live in this world and find a way forward.
Praise for Jonas in Frames
Hutchinson grounds the prose with . . . musicality and swiftness. This swiftness creates a narration that isn’t just a story, but a full-on twenty-first century research experiment: breaking down the not-quite everyman. Jonas may be episodically framed, but his story is fully Generation Y.
—Dorothy Chan, Hayden’s Ferry Review
If we are to take contemporary writing at its word, then Chris Hutchinson is among its foremost practitioners, forsaking the certainties of space, time and locus for that collective unconscious known as the Internet. This is fleet-of-foot, informed writing — tomorrow’s writing today.
Praise for A Brief History of the Short-lived
Hutchinson’s poems read as though written by a benign, alien intelligence: different from our own, faraway, yet nonetheless in awe of what it best understands. If we don’t tune-in to these wonderful, unexpected frequencies, then we are probably doomed.
What Hutchinson has in abundance is an energy and talent willing to go to the end of his obsessions.
—Nick Thran, Event Magazine
Praise for Other People’s Lives
Chris Hutchinson’s second collection of poems is remarkable for its lyric foldings, its lyric expansions, both of which permit a sort of vivid time travel where wisdom collects and stands against sadness and happiness — this is the logic of an Elizabethan underground — simply brilliant!
Each poem here is an incredibly crafted, often beautiful abstraction of an idea and/or artistic premise, and the book’s range of historical influences and references is staggering.
Praise for Unfamiliar Weather
Hutchinson’s poetic project is not only to encapsulate the everyday in words, but also to use words to draw attention to that which exists outside of language. It is this subtlety, along with a keen sense of irony, that allows Hutchinson to examine nothing less than the human condition.
—Alison Pick, Globe and Mail