Poet and professor of English as a Second Language, J. A. Tarwood explores his experiences in China, Dubai, and many other locales and, in the process, explores himself and his relationships with loves, friends, people Americans think of as “Other,” and the world in its ironies, griefs, and human comedies.
J. Tarwood has been a dishwasher, a community organizer, a medical archivist, a documentary film producer, an oral historian, and a teacher. Much of his life has been spent in East Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Currently he lives in China.
J. Tarwood’s latest collection demonstrates, once again, his superb ear, his unerring sense of pacing and compression, his striking and surprising images and tropes. A long-time world traveler and expatriate, he brings uncommon wisdom and spirituality to his work: like the Jesus in one of his poems, he’s “made damn sure/he was never more/ than just passing through.” In the world but not of it, his point of view allows him a vivid, often brutally honest, perspective: steamy sex, junkyard dogs, abuse fathers who won’t stay dead. These are wonderful, memorable poems. –Philip St. Clair, author of ARIEL CREEK and RED CUP, GREEN LEAVES
. . .[J. Tarwood’s poems reveal] an interior that is quick and indeed weirdly sublime. A wonderful book. —Norman Dubie, author of THE QUOTATIONS OF BONE and the VOLCANO