A Patient Desire: New Poems

A Patient Desire: New Poems

by Timothy Nonn


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This first gathering of lyrical works from poet Tim Nonn's journey into his oncoming blindness is sometimes beautiful, other times astonishingly wise. When he says 'going blind/is another way/of seeing/the heart clearly,' he accepts the dare of kinship with Rumi and Basho, Roethke and Bly, a lineage of mystics and, perhaps ironically, seers. His unrhymed quatrains, deceptively simple, are fully armed with axioms: 'knowing is impossible/you must feel your way/into your heart/and get lost.' And his mastery of simple means as an approach to the ineffable is always in effect, as when 'in the presence/of a tree/stillness/is a conversation' or 'an evening song/of a bird facing darkness/had the lonely clarity/of one in love with light.' One in love with the light indeed. Here Tim Nonn welcomes you and it is likely you will find yourself happily entranced.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692842720
Publisher: McCaa Books
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Pages: 178
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

Tim Nonn is single father living in Rohnert, Park, California. He has a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union. He worked as an organizer for several decades in global human rights movements.
In the 1980s, he was a founder of the Sanctuary movement, which provided safe haven for hundreds of high risk refugees fleeing civil wars and persecution in Central America and led to the creation of dozens of sanctuary cities throughout the United States.
From 2004 to 2008, he was a national organizer for a movement to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.
Currently, he is a school board member of the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. He retired in 2012 to devote himself to writing. He finished his first novel, The Black Prison, last year. His favorite pastries is walking along the creeks in his hometown and dancing.

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