Coming Home – Don Gutteridge (2011, Oberon Press, Ontario)
Gutteridge’s 12-book “Marc Edwards” historical mystery series intrigues me, but my TBR pile is so monstrous right now I won’t get to them for a good long while. In the meantime, I thought I’d check out some of his poetry, and selected a more recent collection, Coming Home, a series of short poems reflecting on old age, memory, and his relationships (past and present) with family and friends. Many of the poems are tributes to those that the author has lost in his life, bittersweet snapshots of moments in time, fragments of memory and perspective. These are simple, sentimental, and deeply personal works – and although I struggled to connect with them, I am still looking forward to the mystery novels.