Read [Scales Dog New and Selected Poems Salt Modern Poets] Author Alexander Hutchison
Radition Singling out An Ounce of Wit to a Pound of Clergy which is the opening poem in the collection Carbon Atom and was published as a pamphlet by Gael Turnbull Ian Hamilton Finlay said The Hutchison piece is fascinating to me really good energetic knotty interesting Gael Turnbull added his own praise when invited to comment on on early draft of Scales Dog by writing There are a dozen or so poems in the collection which register for me as having a totally uniue uality a momentum and richness an energy and an edge uite unlike anything I know written by anyone elseRecently Hutchison's work has sparked a response from a broader audience and he is recognised by contemporary writers as a poet whose work
HAS CUT ITS OWN CHANNELS cut its own channels gradually steadily gaining in
Reputation Scales Dog Is A Book Which Scales Dog is a book which widely with invention and delight It is distinctively Scottish in some respects but the appeal is international It has depth and humour to carry its readers all the way throug. .
N reviewer found that variety a cause
for celebration In a time of too much plain and too often poverty stricken verse Hutchison's poetry celebration In a time of too much plain and too often poverty stricken verse Hutchison's poetry and sounds bravely alive colourful and crafted Underlining this positive reception across the Atlantic the poet Robert Creeley said Sandy Hutchison's poems read brightly with a fine economy and precision There is humor and warmth an ear for clear edges of sound and a pace that can hold all togetherThese responses were echoed in the UK when The Moon Calf and the pamphlets Epitaph for a Butcher and Sparks in the Dark were published after Hutchison's return to Scotland in 1984 Gavin Ewart found the work Sharp dark funny and with vigour than almost all those usually singled out for praise Writing in Lines Review the poet George Bruce declared There is no uestioning "his verve inventiveness and versifying skills There's been nothing uite like "verve inventiveness and versifying skills There's been nothing uite like since Sidney Goodsir Smith's Under the Eildon Tree Hutchison's poems are in the same witty brio .
Scales Dog provides
selection of Hutchison's from Deep TapA Selection Of Hutchison's
Tree 1978 to his most recent collection Carbon Atom 2006 The earliest poem Mr Scales Walks His Dog was written in1978 to his most recent collection Carbon Atom 2006 The earliest poem Mr Scales Walks His Dog was written in in 1970 following the poet's arrival there from Scotland in 1966 At the time Michael Ondaatje said I love that poem and Lawrence Ferlinghetti hearing the piece at a public reading in British Columbia announced as soon as he came to the mike I dug that dogDeep Tap Tree was written during the seventies while Hutchison was living and working on Vancouver Island Of that first book the distinguished critic Richard Ellmann wrote Mr Hutchison is his own man individual in temperament pungent and accurate in expression His work is compounded of wit and mystery and delights his readers even as it teases them into self recognitionEllmann's comments suggest that the appeal of Hutchison's poems is both direct and indirect being not only satirical and intelligent but also mysterious and moving Another America. .