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).
November 11, 2017—A Word’s Worth Review: “a poetry collection that carries the reader away with its freshness, its unusually wry and unsentimental tone, the poems unfolding with surprises for the reader that sometimes border on caprice.” Read the Review
Poems by Tim Suermondt
“Exuberant, colloquial, big-hearted insight ... 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.”—FRED MARCHANT“
“A joyful love of life shines ... Whether the speaker of the poem is spreading tar on a roof with his father, envisioning Sinatra spurned by a lover, or wearing a Mets cap in a cathedral, the tone is consistently appealing: charmed and charming. ”—JOHN SKOYLES