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Night Work The Sawchuk Poems - 10th Anniversary Edition

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  • Publisher:
    Brick Books, 2018
    Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.


  • Author: Maggs, Randall

    A new edition of a hockey saga, wrapping the game’s story
    in the “intense, moody, contradictory” character of Terry Sawchuk,
    one of its greatest goalies.

    Denied the leap and dash up the ice,
    what goalies know is side to side, an inwardness of monk
    and cell. They scrape. They sweep. Their eyes are elsewhere
    as they contemplate their narrow place. Like saints, they pray for nothing,
    which brings grace. Off-days, what they want is space. They sit apart
    in bars. They know the length of streets in twenty cities.
    But it’s their saving sense of irony that further
    isolates them as it saves.
    – from “One of You”

    In compact, conversational poems, Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems follows the tragic trajectory of the life and work of Terry Sawchuk, dark driven genius of a goalie who survived twenty tough seasons in an era of inadequate upper-body equipment and no player representation. But no summary touches the searching intensity of Maggs’s poems. They range from meditations on ancient/modern heroism to dramatic capsules of actual games, in which the mystery of character meets the mystery of transcendent physical performance. Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems is illustrated with photographs mirroring the text, depicting key moments in the career of Terry Sawchuk, his exploits and his agony.

    This 10th anniversary edition of the book marks both the 50th anniversary of the last time the Leafs won the Stanley Cup and the 100th anniversary of the Leafs as a team. With rich reflections on the book by novelist Angie Abdou and Hockey Night in Canada host Ron MacLean, as well as excerpts from scores of reviews by the likes of Gord Downie and Dave Bidini, this new edition of Night Work is a must-have for lovers of hockey and poetry alike.

    “Through his marvelous, moving poetry, Randall Maggs gets closer than any biographer to the heart of the darkest, most troubled figure in the history of the national game. This may be the truest hockey book ever written. It reaches a level untouched by conventional sports literature… His Sawchuk is real.” – Stephen Brunt, Canada’s premier sportswriter and commentator

    Original Publisher: London, Brick Books
    Language(s): English
    Collection(s)/Series: Brick Books Poetry