Hired Hands

by John B. Lee


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Shortlisted for the 1987 Milton Acorn Memorial People’s Poetry Prize

The hired hand of these poems was a stupid man. Nowadays he would be known as one of the employable retarded. Tom was lucky enough to find work and a home with the family of John B. Lee, people who understood him. And John B. Lee was lucky to have his whole life coloured by the presence of an apparently limited man who turns out to have been a poem. John B. Lee has with great tact and without a shred of patronizing found the words to make this inarticulate man live.

Hired Hands is a remarkable accomplishment.

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  • Writing Life
    Arthur Adamson, Canadian Literature 115 - winter 1987
  • Hired Hands
    Pat Bolger, CM: A Canadian Review of Materials - January 1987
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About the Author

John B. Lee’s prodigious output began with his first publication Poems Only a Dog Could Love in 1976 and now has well over 50 books. Prize Winner for Winston Collins/Descant Prize for the Best Canadian Poem, John B. Lee lives in Port Dover, Ontario, Canada where he works as a full time author. He is…

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Additional Info

  • ISBN: 0919626300
  • ISBN-13: 9780919626300
  • Pages: 92
  • Year: 1987
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.31 in
  • Category: ,
  • Cover Art:

    Painting of Tom Malott by Michele Binnet

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