September 13, 2017—A Word’s Worth Review:
“In eighty pages of poetry Barnes succeeds in creating direct expressions of profound truths, wisdom that flashes like polished gems. Artistry and amusement entwine throughout this volume.” Read the Review
Starting with remembering the dead, Next in Line then explores ways of living: everyday experiences (post office, theatre, clothing sale, a tree being pollarded) and places (Istanbul, Paris, Cape Cod).
“Barnes’ subject in these lapidary poems is the ruthless passage of time. ‘Why does hair / grow from his ears, why aren’t his trousers clean,’ asks the poem, as though from within the mind that time has begun to erode. ‘Exactly. A world where beauty no longer counts.’ Except that, figure by figure and line by line, these poems make an impassioned case on behalf of beauty: the beauty of form, the beauty of concision, the beauty of unblinking apprehension.”—Linda Gregerson
Poems by Tim Suermondt
“You will marvel at the poems in Suermondt’s collection the way you would marvel at a spring bubbling up from God-knows-where with a water so sweet and clear that you can’t help but cup your hands and drink deeply. Poem after poem brims with exuberant, colloquial, big-hearted insight. Soon you realize that these are Suermondt’s psalms, his praise-songs and love-songs for the lives we manage to eke out of a world that intermingles hopes and fears, glories and misery, and gives us every once in a while a glimpse of a band of sparrows flying overhead “in ordained ragged formation / ever so beautifully.”—FRED MARCHANT“