For Social Justice and the Earth

Tim Mayo ‘Thesaurus of Separation’ at 6pm on Friday, September 2nd

On September 2nd at 6pm, local poet Tim Mayo reads from his new volume of poetry, Thesaurus of Separation.


Author Tim Mayo and Phoenicia Publisher Elizabeth Adams

Author Tim Mayo and Phoenicia Publisher Elizabeth Adams

Tim Mayo’s poems explore the taxonomies of loneliness, of memory, and of a past deep as a cave. This is a past carved from foster care and stone. A past with a bullet in its head. A realm “where all of winter is sleep.” Here, fathers are strangers and ancestral ghosts slip ever deeper into the trees. Only his “Reverie at the Keyboard” can call them forth, call them back, as these are poems that must be spoken out loud while they ask, “which home / do I live in? / the one you killed— / or the one I’ve made?” And what “makes the bottle mute with cork?” It’s in the words that ask such questions that Tim Mayo finds his strength; it’s in surrendering to the words’ answers that he finds his salvation. —Meg Kearney, author of Home By Now, winner of the 2010 PEN New England LL Winship Award

As the title suggests, Tim Mayo’s carefully structured book deals with the multiple forms of separation: separation from the past, from a sense of family, a sense of belonging and ultimately from the self. His poems capture the sense of alienation many of us feel in this contemporary world where we want (as the poet does in The Yellow Afternoon):“the inexplicable to be/ explained and the eggshell of answers/to close over the yoke of our questions.” Full of surprising phrases and metaphors (Trapezing, Darning Needle, Self-Storage.) the poems ring with important truths such as: “you must accept the perennial fly/ its karmic place in your ointment,” and “what do we know about the world/except what we know about ourselves.” These poems are extraordinary and generous gifts. ––Patricia Fargnoli, author of Winter and Then, Something, former New Hampshire Poet Laureate

Tim Mayo holds an ALB, cum laude, from Harvard University and an MFA from The Bennington Writing Seminars. Among the many places his poems and reviews have appeared are Narrative Magazine, Poetry International, Poet Lore, River Styx, Salamander, San Pedro River Review, Tar River Poetry, Web Del Sol Review of Books, Verse Daily, and The Writer’s Almanac.His first full length collection, The Kingdom of Possibilities (Mayapple Press, 2009,) was a semi finalist for the 2009 Brittingham and Pollock Awards and a finalist for 2009 May Swenson Award. ??

His second volume of poems, Thesaurus of Separation, has just been published by Phoenicia Publishing (Montreal) and was twice a finalist for the Quercus Review Poetry Book Award as well as twice a semi-finalist for the Word Works Press Washington Prize.?? A five time Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a top finalist for the Paumanok Award, Mayo lives in Brattleboro, VT, where he was a founding member and organizer of the Brattleboro Literary Festival author committee.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.