Backing into Heaven magnifies one of the most fundamental rules of poetry: that the telling of anything is in the words, not just the story. The carefully chosen words in this collection explore nostalgia, experiences, and death, with strong and concise imagery.
Trips down memory lane of a “Romance in Brandon” recall kisses surrounded by prairie crops, and days spent at the theatre in “Nostalgia.” “Gastown Understanding” gives perspective to the tourist point-of-view when it comes to panhandling for change, comparing it with that of the hometown resident and their never ending pockets of generosity.
“In a sober and carefully understated voice I say: this is a damn good poet.”
“He flows, he dances, he's alive, and accomplishes all three at once. And humor? Sure. But not slight snickers from the 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. In a sober and carefully understated voice I say: this is a damn good poet.”
Steve Noyes was born in Toronto and raised in Winnipeg. He took an MFA in Creative Writing at UBC, during which time he was Editor-In-Chief of Prism International. Since grad school Steve has published seven books, many poems, stories, and reviews, and his writing appears regularly in such magazines and newspapers as The Malahat Review, Queen's Quarterly, The Literary Review of Canada, The Vancouver Sun, and The Globe and Mail.