Things That Matter Now
by Bob Stallworthy
Bob Stallworthy’s new collection treats life as a series of passages. Reaching the divide between middle and old age brings with it an understanding – one does not have to react to everything that happens. Memories lose their power to control, and simply become memories, good, bad, funny or poignant. There is choice in the things one reacts to. These are the things that matter now.
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Bob Stallworthy has been active in the Alberta writing community since he began writing full-time and professionally in 1985. He is a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta.
Bob has 4 books of poetry previously published. His poetry has been shortlisted for the City of Calgary, W.O. Mitchell Book Prize twice and the Stephan G. Stephansson Prize for Poetry once.
He is co-recipient of the Calgary Freedom of Expression Award, 2002; a Lifetime member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta,1988; and the recipient of the Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, 2019.
He has been a Patient/Family Advisor with the Kidney Health, Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services since 2016. He is a full-time caregiver for his wife who suffered traumatic kidney failure in 2013.
Winner of the Alberta Writers Guild Golden Pen Award for lifetime achievement
Other books by Bob Stallworthy:
Under the Sky Speaking, Snowapple Press, 1998
From a Call Box, Frontenac House, 2001
Optics, Frontenac House, 2004
Things that Matter Now, Frontenac House, 2009
In Silhouette, an e-book hosted by Frontenac House, 2010
“In his powerful new book Things that Matter Now, Stallworthy tackles the big questions of death, love, and time with a grace and bravery that command us to read on. Whether he is writing of his aging parents (or their deaths), his own mortality, or the death of friends, he always gets the human magnitude of it just right. One of my favourite moments is when he voices our shared longing to bring back the exact colours to memories muted to grey. Many of these poems, while set vividly in the present, reveal deep roots. This is a commanding and moving book that I will not soon forget.”
~ Robert Hilles
“I’ve read Bob Stallworthy as a poet for over a decade. This is his best work. Bob has had the courage to grow as an artist, not to repeat his past successes, but to build on them – to leave the things that do not need to be written about behind, and go towards the present and lived moments of his life. In this book is the writing of a man who has found and accepted his power in the world. And, like anyone who understands his own influence in things, Bob writes with humility and confidence combined. I think that is the beginning of wisdom. And it is here.”
~ Richard Harrison