- Hard Light
- Michael Crummey
- 5.5" × 8.75"
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'Splitting Table' by David Blackwood, 1997
e-book:You can buy the e-book edition of this title from Kobo, Nook and the Sony Reader Store.
Listen to Poems from Hard Light
Shortlisted for the 1999 Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Prize
In Hard Light Michael Crummey retells and reinvents his father's stories of outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half century ago. Speaking through generations of storytellers, he conjures a world of hard toil and heavy weather, shot through with stoicism, grim humour, endurance, and love. This is writing that is supple and charged with intensity, language that vivifies -- electrifies -- whoever and whatever it describes.
"Michael Crummey's lucid, dexterous writing shies away from nothing, gives us the concrete particulars of daily life, the burials and butcheries, the night-time thoughts. He knows this world from the inside." - John Steffler
Hard Light - the movie - Justin Simms uses Michael Crummey’s seminal piece of Newfoundland literature as the lens to examine cultural change and modern relationships. Mixing dramatic recreations, interpretative contemporary sequences and conversations with the compelling author, the film intimately explores how we are shaped by our environment, in the present as much as in the past. A beautiful cinematic blending of old and new, HARD LIGHT is a timely reflection on compassion and the art of living.
You can watch the trailer here.
Writer, Director: Justin Simms
Producer: Annette Clarke
Documentary, National Film Board of Canada
"Hard Light" won the Jury Prize on March 24, 2013 in Montreal at FIFA (International Festival of Film on Arts) - here's the link . Michael tells me that the documentary will now tour internationally.
And now you can listen to Hard Light: 32 Little Stories (Michael Crummey) - a selection of poems from Hard Light by Michael Crummey (Brick Books, 1998) - an audio book narrated by Michael Crummey, Ron Hynes and Deidre Gillard-Rowlings on Rattling Books.
Hard Light: 32 Little Stories is a retelling and reinvention of tales told to Michael Crummey by his father and other family members about outport Newfoundland and the Labrador fishery of a half-century ago. It’s a love-letter to a world and a way of life that has vanished completely in the last fifty years. All of it is true. Even the lies.
- Kerri Cull on Michael Crummey's "Her Mark" by Kerri Cull (Lemonhound blogspot, April 20, 2011)
- Hard Light by Michael Crummey by R.G. Moyles (Canadian Book Review Annual 2000)
- Hard world beyond childhood by Bill Robertson (Saskatoon StarPhoenix, August 21, 1999)
- A Piece of Hard Light: Excerpts from Michael Crummey's Hard Light by John Steffler (Labour/Le travail, fall 2002)