Poetry. The world is sensuously and immediately present in Gerald Fleming's SWIMMER CLIMBING ONTO SHORE. While these poems question the capacity of language to render the heart of human existence, the poet's words never fail to praise the transformative power of art in making sense of that existence. "Love is the catalyst, but so also is wit, unexpected and inexorably delivered," says Diana O Hehir of this collection. "In a voice of condensed, colloquial intimacy sobered by awareness of the world's menace and acknowledging the irrational in himself, [Fleming] reaches a high compassionate humor as he infuses his exploration with the surprising pleasure of sudden discovery"--Jack Marshall.
Gerald J. Fleming—Swimmer Climbing Onto Shore