The Sound of It

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“Tim Nolan’s voice is funny and serious at once, sly and direct, wry and heartfelt...Anybody who can turn a poem called ‘Brussels Sprouts’ into a psalm to the strange and compelling beauties of family, mortality, and sea salt is not to be missed.” —Jim Moore

"The familiar streets and landmarks throughout Tim Nolan's The Sound of It will resonate with Minneapolis natives, and even some New Yorkers.  The sounds of Nolan's poems cover a full octave—from childhood to "Almost Fifty," Diamond Lake Road to ...

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Overview

“Tim Nolan’s voice is funny and serious at once, sly and direct, wry and heartfelt...Anybody who can turn a poem called ‘Brussels Sprouts’ into a psalm to the strange and compelling beauties of family, mortality, and sea salt is not to be missed.” —Jim Moore

"The familiar streets and landmarks throughout Tim Nolan's The Sound of It will resonate with Minneapolis natives, and even some New Yorkers.  The sounds of Nolan's poems cover a full octave—from childhood to "Almost Fifty," Diamond Lake Road to Palestine, brussels sprouts to Holy Thursday.  Nolan harmonizes the ordinary morsels of life with the profound in such a way as to awaken the reader to a conscious living in the moment.  He focuses on past and future as inseparably flowing elements of the present.  Within this overture of poems, "the voice you hear is generous and expansive like Whitman's, at home in the 'easy suit' of the body and yet always surprised to be part of the here and now" (Joyce Sutphen).  Nolan's voice embodies his longing to offer "something lasting that might be repeated and would carry a life of its own."—Minnesota Literature 

From Almost Fifty:

These years don’t mean as much as we think—
they are merely markers for memories—milestones—

or millstones and the effect of the birthday is always the same—here I go—or I must be

in the deep end of the pool.

Tim Nolan is an attorney in Minneapolis.

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Minnesota Literature
The Sound of It...poems by Tim Nolan. The familiar streets and landmarks throughout Tim Nolan's The Sound of It will resonate with Minneapolis natives, and even some New Yorkers. The sounds of Nolan's poems cover a full octave--from childhood to "Almost Fifty," Diamond Lake Road to Palestine, brussels sprouts to Holy Thursday. Nolan harmonizes the ordinary morsels of life with the profound in such a way as to awaken the reader to a conscious living in the moment. He focuses on past and future as inseparably flowing elements of the present. Within this overture of poems, "the voice you hear is generous and expansive like Whitman's, at home in the 'easy suit' of the body and yet always surprised to be part of the here and now" (Joyce Sutphen). Nolan's voice embodies his longing to offer "something lasting that might be repeated and would carry a life of its own."
—Esther Pearson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898232417
  • Publisher: New Rivers Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Many Voices Project Series
  • Pages: 77
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Tim Nolan

Tim Nolan was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and earned a B.A. in English from the University of Minnesota, an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, and law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. He practices as an attorney in Minneapolis where he lives with his wife Kate and their three teenagers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2008

    Funny and sweet, Tim Nolan's The Sound of It is transporting. Like having lunch on a rainy day with a wise and dear friend it will remind you how good life can be.

    The beauty of The Sound of It is that Nolan is front and center, not hiding behind anything or anyone. He comes at the reader with innocent confidence certain that he can choose any topic and create a connection. And what fun connections they are: garlic, brussels sprouts, Russia, cockroaches, middle age and teenagers. Some of these poems hit me square in the solar plexus others go for the head. In all the experience is engaging and entertaining, a lovely gift for a writer to give his readers.

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