Waking in Harbour One Day, Ian Sowton’s last collection of poetry, was published just as the global pandemic was declared in 2020. He died in January 2021 without having had a chance to properly launch it.
As always, Ian’s poems illuminate, challenge and uplift.
All proceeds from the sales of his books will go to support the work of the Holy Trinity Refugee Committee.
PRAISE FOR THE AUTHOR’S PREVIOUS BOOKS OF POETRY
For Intricate Armada (2005), “Your poem of rage and grief [‘Wreath for the Montreal 14’] is beautiful beyond compare”… For Imagining Sisyphus Happy (2006), “I hit upon ‘Founding Narratives’ first; I never wanted to write my life story because I don’t know it, but my explanation doesn’t resonate much. I like yours better:
how selective memory is, how
inventive, how addicted to deletion.”
June Callwood, 2005, 2006
“Imagining Sisyphus Happy (2006), is an eclectic work, both recondite and accessible, reflective and provocative, conventional and experimental….Sowton is more than a paradise-dreamer, an Eden-lover in a soot- and sawdust-mad universe, he is full of philosophical wisdom and theological insight.”
Michael W. Higgins, 2010
For Affordable Wonders (2011), “I found Affordable Wonders a delight to read; in my opinion it sings with insight. It really is a better book of poetry than much of what does make it into print via well known publishers.”
Joy Kogawa, 2011
IAN SOWTON has taught poetry for many years, particularly contemporary poetry and poems from the Renaissance period with a focus on poetry written by women. Following the self-publication of Intricate Armada (2005), he has self-published three accumulative editions of his poetry under the titles Imagining Sisyphus Happy (2006), Affordable Wonders (2011) and The Stink of Experience (2013). Ian lives with his partner, Fran, a textile worker and painter, in Toronto, Canada.