Poetry. "Reading Tim Seibles reminds me of the Buddhist parable of the burning house: everyone ignores the flames, pretends there is no smoke, no pain, no prospect of death. Or, if there is, it will only happen to someone else, someone in another world. According to these teachings, aversion and attachment are not the greatest barriers to fulfillment; it is indifference that endangers a soul. Not to embrace or confront what is undeniably there but to detach ourselves and retreat. It is precisely this indifference that these poems challenge with lyric insistence - begging, assailing, teasing, affirming. In this mystical, romantic and political collection, Seibles is willing to take a chance, any chance to engage the general malaise of our times. He is a musician of the spirit and of the body, and it is that quality which carries us forward breath by breath, line by line. The journey is oddly enchanting, even transformative"--Nin Andrews.
Tim Seibles is the author of BUFFALO HEAD SOLOS (Cleveland State University Press, 2004), HAMMERLOCK (Cleveland State University Press, 1999), Ten Miles an Hour (Mille Grazie Press, 1998), Kerosene (Ampersand Press, 1995), HURDY-GURDY (Cleveland State University Press, 1992), and Body Moves (Corona Press, 1988). He is a former NEA fellow and has led workshops for Cave Canem and the Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Foundation. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia, where he teaches courses for Old Dominion University's English Department and MFA in Writing Program.