Body Moves: Poems
Seibles may write of everyday events sleeping, teaching a class, talking on the phone in direct, simple language, but he invests each event with lyric significance: "you slept/ with your mouth open/ and the moon/ slipped inside"; "fluorescent light falls/ like a fine snow/ in the classroom"; "The phone rings. A low voice/ bleeds through the wire." Throughout, we sense despair and a concerted effort, barely accomplished, to resist it: the poet mourns "faces bruised/ with unspent desire," says of breakfasting alone in a MacDonald's, "There's nothing but eating to do." Other poems deal more directly with social concerns: "In Philadelphia/ I went back to the school/ we integrated." The cumulative result is an accessible yet thoughtful work that may well draw in readers new to poetry. [From Library Journal]
Carnegie Mellon University Press
American poetry, African American authors
Creative Writing | Poetry
Seibles, Tim, "Body Moves: Poems" (2013). MFA Creative Writing Faculty Bookshelf. 33.