Rain at Midnight  
 by Joseph Hutchison

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Joseph Hutchison's fourth collection of poems, The Rain at Midnight, will be released in April 2000. Sherman Asher Publishing is honored to present his book of physical, passionate, and lyrical poems that have been praised by Ted Kooser as "finely wrought and imaginative."

Hutchison's earlier title, Bed of Coals, won the 1994 Colorado Poetry Award and his chapbook, Shadow-Light, won the 1982 Colorado Governor's Award volume. The publication of The Rain at Midnight is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of National Poetry Month.

Sherman Asher Publishing is an official sponsor of National Poetry Month activities and website www.poets.org in alliance with the Academy of American Poets.

What the Critics are Saying:
"Joseph Hutchison's poems speak of love, its wounds and failures, its bitter struggles, and its peace and redemption at last, dramas set against a backdrop of the felt particularity of the world: smog-eaten elms and maples, the creak of fraying knots, a broken thermos bottle but also a fresh-cut stem of iris, the cormorant with feathers slick from rain, and a moon like a dollop of snow. The Rain at Midnight begins and ends with rain; the journey is through melancholy to a kind of sad yet sweet acceptance as the heart's "drained cup" is slowly filled again." —Mary Crow, Poet Laureate of Colorado Author of I Have Tasted the Apple

"Joseph Hutchison is a magician. He can take anything---a bare maple in winter, a tangle of grass, an ordinary sidewalk, a window-and transform it into our human heart. He understands us from the inside out; he knows why we're "rootless and easily wounded," why "we can touch only traces" of what makes us feel most alive. The Rain at Midnight is a magnificent magnet that keeps pulling us back to its pages, a book about desire and about the boundlessness of passion." — Andrea Hollander Budy author of House Without A Dreamer
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