The hired hand of these poems was a stupid man. Nowadays he would be known as one of the employable retarded. Tom was lucky enough to find work and a home with the family of John B. Lee, people who understood him. And John B. Lee was lucky to have his whole life coloured by the presence of an apparently limited man who turns out to have been a poem. John B. Lee has with great tact and without a shred of patronizing found the words to make this inarticulate man live. Hired Hands is a remarkable accomplishment.
John B. Lee is the author of over fifty published books and the recipient of over seventy prestigious awards for poetry including being the only two-time winner of the People’s Poetry Award. In 2010 he received the Award of Merit for Professional Achievement from the University of Western Ontario. Named Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity in 2005, his work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications. His work has been translated into Spanish, French, Korean, Chinese, and Hungarian and he has read his work throughout Canada and the United States as well as Korea, Cuba, and France. His translation of Cuban poetry published in the book Sweet Cuba has been called, “the most significant book of translated Cuban poetry ever published.” He is currently working on several projects including the anthology He is the editor of an anthology of essays and poems on the collapse of the economy and its impact on the arts, Tough Times: When the Money Doesn’t Love Us, . He lives on the shore of Lake Erie in Port Dover where he works as a full time author.