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Poems by Tim Suermondt

“A joyful love of life shines through brilliantly in Tim Suermondt’s The World Doesn’t Know You. 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. The love poems to his wife are written with enormous feeling and no sentimentality. Not a word is out of place in this book and Suermondt’s voice is equal to the vast range of people and places encountered throughout the collection.”

—JOHN SKOYLES, Author of Suddenly It’s Evening: Selected Poems

“You will marvel at the poems in Tim Suermondt’s new 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 in The World Doesn’t Know You 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, Author of Said Not Said

Tim Suermondt is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Election Night And The Five Satins. His poems have been published in Ploughshares, Poetry, The Georgia Review, Prairie Schooner, Bellevue Literary Review and Plume, among many others. He lives in Cambridge (MA) with his wife, the poet Pui Ying Wong.


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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