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Backing Into Heaven

by (author) Steve Noyes

Turnstone Press
Initial publish date
Jan 1986
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    Jan 1986
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"He flows, he dances, he's alive, and accomplishes all three at once. And humor? Sure. But not slight snickers from academe: Catullus and Edward Lear laughter. None of us know what time is: but it makes hair grey and hurricanes enjoyment into memory which is often the same thing. We remember, all of us, the moment of happening; in these poems it's happening now." Al Purdy

About the author

Steve Noyes has published six books of poetry and fiction. In Ghost Country, he also explored the distances to China; in Morbidity and Ornament, he mixed his formal, tight poems in Chinese with his manic narrative English poems. It is Just That Your House is So Far Away is his first novel. Raised in Winnipeg, Noyes is a graduate of UBC’s MFA Writing program and Carleton’s journalism school, and has published over 100 poems, stories and reviews in such magazines and newspapers as The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, Event, The Globe and Mail, Queen’s Quarterly, and the Vancouver Sun. He has worked as Foreign Expert, policy analyst, parking-lot attendant, disabilities advocate, sessional lecturer, correspondence writer, plywood mill labourer, and editor. Over the past decade, Noyes has has travelled extensively across China, and worked and studied in Beijing, Shanghai, Taibei, Qingdao, and a little town north of Beijing. He is married to the poet Catherine Greenwood, and currently makes his home in Victoria where he works for the Ministry of Health.

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