Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point

by Tim Amsden


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The poems in this remarkable collection, like the miscellaneous objects in the museum that inspired the book's arrangement, are as random--and as revealing--as life itself. As we turn the pages, we have a growing sense that every encounter with people, creatures, objects or events--whether personal or public, welcome or apprehensive, playful or serious--reveals more than itself: A voice keeps asking, Where am I in all this?

That question soon becomes ours, as does the answer, though it remains unspoken until the book's final poem asks the question again and, in a voice expanding to include the whole earth and its inhabitants, even the angels, proclaims the answer in the soaring last lines of a communal hymn.
-Bob Longoni served as Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and is the author of Woodpiles

Tim Amsden's Vanishing Point has wit and pathos, wisdom and delight. These poems show the heart of a man who cherishes life and is not afraid to open himself to the larger questions of who and why we are in this complicated world. He moves seamlessly from intimate memory to the tenderness of loving his wife, to sharing life's simple moments, the ones that sustain us. With humor and honesty, Amsden takes us on a journey through the rooms of his life, where " my center nests a sliver of grace."
-Paula Sayword is the author of What Sleeps Inside and Canticle of Light and Dark

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692435526
Publisher: Independent Publisher
Publication date: 06/22/2015
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

Tim Amsden's work has appeared in Pudding Magazine, Poetry Ireland Review, Potpourri, Sin Fronteras, Out of Line, Rockhurst Review, Arabesques Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Istanbul Literature Review, The Newer York, a Pima Press poetry anthology titled Lasting: Poems on Aging, and elsewhere. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas; worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 25 years; and with his wife, Lucia, now lives in New Mexico, where they both indulge their compulsions to write.

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