Poems for the Christmas Season
illustrated by Peggy Hawkes and Todd Hawkes
Release: 30 September 2004 (Second printing September 2005)
poetry (BISAC: POE011000)
88 pp / 5.5 x 8.5 / 40 b&w illustrations, throughout / trade paper
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 978-1-55391-033-6, $17.95
full size book cover
Robert Hawkes’s latest book titled Poems for the Christmas Season is a gentle reminder of the goodness of the season. The collection . . . is full of compassion and hope.
Atlantic Books Today
Poems for the Christmas Season is a celebration . . . the result of forty years of devotion to a family card is a timely, welcome Christmas card for the public.
Poems for the Christmas Season is a sharing book. Like the Magi, who shared their gifts with the infant Jesus, the Hawkes family shares their talents with us.
Michael O. Nowlan, The Daily Gleaner
For forty years, the Hawkes family in Fredericton, New Brunswick—the Poets’ Corner of Canada—have collaborated to to make a Christmas card to sent to family and friends. Robert would write the poem and his wife Peggy would produce the visual—sometimes a print, sometimes a hand-coloured drawing or collage. In several recent years, their son Todd has produced the artwork.
The book draws on Christmas-related experiences of the author from his childhood as well as his community and family life. Robert Hawkes has published a number of books of poetry in which he focuses on the courage of people living lives that are not easy. The poems in this book relate moments when the presence of Christmas brings out both hope and strength in the lives of people. The book speaks to all those who have had the Christmas experience.
From traditional Christmas religious events to family Christmas happenings and situations evoking thoughts and moments that arise from the impact of Christmas, these poems have a tone of joy—sometimes very unstated but nevertheless very real and evocative.
Robert Hawkes Robert Hawkes has lived or studied in Durham, NC, Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax, Eskasoni and Sydney, Nova Scotia. He is married to Peggy Hawkes and together they had two daughters and three sons, eleven granddaughters and one grandson. A professor emeritus at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, he served for 15 years as a co-editor of poetry for The Fiddlehead, as a member of The Cormorant magazine (UNB-Saint John) for three years, and as associate editor (anglophone) for The Canadian Modern Language Journal / La Revue Canadienne des langues vivantes. He has authored numerous poetry collections including Paradigms (Fiddlehead/Goose Lane), This Grievous Injury (Broken Jaw), Cranmer and Pole-Archbishops (Broken Jaw, 2000) and Poems for the Christmas Season (Broken Jaw, 2004).
Peggy Hawkes holds a BA from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB and a BEd from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. She has also studied creative drama and children’s literature. While at Mount Allison and at Trois Pistoles she attended special courses in painting. She served as chair of the New Brunswick Branch of the Canadian Child and Youth Drama Association and was editor of its newsletter for several years. Currently, she teaches in the University of New Brunswick English Language Program.
Todd Hawkes is a graduate of the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design in Fredericton, and of the Media Communications program at NB Community College Woodstock. He has studied violin, participated in several Fredericton music festivals, composes music, studies music theory, and sings in Italian, French and German. He has worked as a photographer and as a designer of webpages and book covers.
• ads in Atlantic Books Today, APMA’s Atlantic Canadian Books Make Great Gifts, etc.
• media and review copy mailout
• 27 Nov 2004, 11 am: reading/book signingRobert Hawkes, Peggy Hawkes and Todd Hawkes @ Westminster Books, 445 King St, Fredericton, NB
• 16 January 2005, 2 pm: readingOdd Sundays Reading Series. Molly’s Coffee House, 554 Queen St, Fredericton NB.
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