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All the Fierce Complexities of Hunger

poems by Tim J. Myers

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Tim J. Myers sees poetry, often regarded as words set to music, as a natural repository for human desire. The heart responds mysteriously but forcefully to rhythm and tone, in words as much as in actual song, and in so doing often reveals its fundamental orientation to wanting and seeking. In his fifth collection of poetry, Myers explores these complexities of the heart and human desire, the complexities of hunger.

POETRY / General

ISBN: 978-1-951651-05-3 (print; softcover; perfect bound)

LCCN: 2019955274

Released January 2020

132 pages

Author Biography

Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter, storyteller, visual artist, and senior lecturer at Santa Clara University. His children’s books have won recognition from The New York Times, NPR, and the Smithsonian, with sixteen out and more coming. His work for adults has appeared in Electric Literature, LARB, and others. He’s published over 140 individual poems and won a first prize in a poetry contest judged by John Updike; this is his fifth book of poetry for adults. He’s also published a nonfiction book on fatherhood and won a major prize in science fiction. In addition, he won the West Coast Songwriters Saratoga Chapter Song of the Year and the 2012 SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for Fiction.



"Tim J. Myers knows people and turns that into poetry of passion and focus, bringing his art to a new mastery. What does hunger really mean? In this pervasive journey of change we know more about human conduct than ever before. Myers combines story telling with felt experience; and so the range and dynamics of this new book will capture you from its first stirrings.We know vulnerability is a strength, and Myers proves that, beautifully, in these strong and vulnerable poems."
Grace Cavalieri, Winner of the Allan Ginsberg Award and host of the Library of Congress's podcast The Poet and the Poem

“Tim J. Myers shows a poetic range that is astonishing. It seems impossible, but his book is a masterful collection of poems both traditional and experimental, both lyric and narrative, both funny and serious, both comforting and disturbing, both long and short, both contemporary and historical. Is there anything he can’t do? It would appear not, as I was wowed from the first poem—with its linguistic nod to Gerard Manley Hopkins—to the last, with its gorgeous echoes of W. S. Merwin. This is one of those rare books that will, in some way, speak to every reader." 
Dean Rader

“Romantic, erotic, and wonderfully descriptive, All the Fierce Complexities of Hunger is fundamentally about the often funny and sometimes worrisome vagaries of marriage and family. Tim J. Myers knows things and narrates them with confidence and wisdom.”
— Ron Hansen, National book award finalist and author of The Assassination of Jesse james by the Coward Robert Ford (now a film starring Brad Pitt)

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