YARD WORK: A BIOGRAPHY OF AN URBAN PLACE
Written by Daniel Coleman
Published by Wolsak and Wynn Publishers
Daniel Coleman explores the world from a small patch of land at the back of his house, a mini-empire between Coote’s Paradise Marsh and Hamilton Harbour. In vivid, exacting prose, Coleman tells us of the moods and beauty of the Niagara Escarpment, the paths of local animals, the wayward tricks of the water table, the rich indigenous history of the area, and of our modern inroads into the environment — highways, houses, slag and built culture. This is a masterpiece of nature writing, reimagining civics and possibilities as Coleman surveys what he understands is “a holy land right here” behind his house and beneath his feet.
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“In Coleman’s work, paying close attention to the ground we stand on becomes a spiritual act. He reminds readers too that the more we focus in on a small space, the bigger it grows and the more it can tell us about the larger world.”
Hamilton Review of Books
Ethiopia to Canadian missionary parents, Coleman now teaches Canadian literature at McMaster University in Hamilton.