This book incorporates the beauty of the rural landscape with the strangeness of living in today's world. These deceptively simple poems cover rural life, social issues, love's vicissitudes, ageing and the writing life. Throughout the book, Wayman interweaves reflections on the landscape of world and work with musings on personal and communal history. High Speed Through Shoaling Water is both celebratory and elegiac, personal and political -- recording the passage of time, the events that mark the years and the biological force that bears all living things forward, whether they want to travel that way or not.
Tom Wayman has published nineteen poetry collections, edited six anthologies of poets writing about their employment, and published three collections of essays on labour arts. He has taught at the post-secondary level in the United States and Canada and co-founded the Vancouver Industrial Writers Union and the Vancouver Centre of the Kootenay School of Writing. Wayman has been the recipient of several significant literary awards over his career, most recently the 2013 Acorn-Plantos Award for Peopleas Poetry for his book Dirty Snow .