Mutations is Hugh Thomas’ first book of poetry. Many of the poems contained within are rearrangements of already existing textual material (ads, spam, artists’ statements, overheard conversation, other poems), some of which are recognizable and some of which are not. No matter how much you try, these poems must not be read as a critique of their inspired texts. Readers should attempt to keep in mind that the poet is really trying with all his might to write poems using those resources that come to hand that prove to be intrinsically compelling.
Hugh Thomas grew up in Winnipeg, and has lived in several places in Canada and the United States. He is currently living in Fredericton, where he teaches mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. His poems of his have appeared in Chiaroscuro, fhole, Queen Street Quarterly, and on a sheet published by red iron.