In Confidence

Jim Tilley (Author)
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In Confidence is Jim Tilley's first book of poems, ranging from lyric to narrative in form. About half of the 60 poems are open-form sonnets, most of which fit a broad theme of personal and societal "dislocation." The collection covers a variety of subjects, from father-son and husband-wife relationships to issues of politics, the economy, and the environment. Stephen Dobyns cautions readers to look beyond the apparent calmness and elegance of the poems to the dangers that lurk beneath the surface. Many of the stories have unhappy endings. Several of the poems are presented in pairs with the same underlying setting or situation but markedly different development, exhibiting a kind of "quantum" picture with both states existing at the same time, not surprising since the poet was formerly a physicist. Billy Collins claims that Jim Tilley wins readers' confidence by keeping a steady hand on the poem while maintaining a steady gaze at the world. This is a book of poems in which readers will find bits and pieces of their own lives.

Product Details

Price
$26.95  $24.26
Publisher
Red Hen Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2011
Pages
120
Dimensions
6.2 X 0.5 X 9.0 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781597091091
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About the Author

In Confidence (Red Hen Press, 2011) is Jim Tilley's first book of poetry. He earned a doctorate in Physics from Harvard University and retired ten years ago after a 25-year career in insurance and investment banking. His poems have been published in several top literary journals and magazines. He has won the Sycamore Review's Wabash Prize for Poetry and the New England Poetry Club's Firman Houghton Award. Four of his poems have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Reviews

In Jim Tilley's "In Confidence", we see the internal and external workings of the world through a mature poet's multifaceted lens. Crafting his poems with formal care, Tilley always aims for "the clearest vision one can imagine," whether looking through the intricacies of scientific reasoning, the "perennial memories" that accompany aging, or the unexpected, undeniable logic of "the metaphor out there in the snow." --Claudia Emerson

At first glance Jim Tilley's "In Confidence" seems to consist of calm, graceful poems of upper middle class domesticity, but turkey vultures wait in the yard and many stories have unhappy endings. Instead the poems are about trying to maintain "this fragile equilibrium" like a tightrope walker tip-toeing above a lion's den. One sees the quiet elegance is all that keeps one from shouting, "Watch out!" These are finely crafted poems in which readers will find bits and pieces of their own lives. --Stephen Dobyns

Jim Tilley does confide in his readers here as he explores a refreshing variety of subjects everything from the complexity of father-son and husband-wife relations to the more solvable problems of dark matter and the origins of the cosmos. But what wins our confidence is not his range but his steady hand on the poem and his steady gaze at the world. Billy Collins"

At first glance Jim Tilley s "In Confidence" seems to consist of calm, graceful poems of upper middle class domesticity, but turkey vultures wait in the yard and many stories have unhappy endings. Instead the poems are about trying to maintain this fragile equilibrium like a tightrope walker tip-toeing above a lion s den. One sees the quiet elegance is all that keeps one from shouting, Watch out! These are finely crafted poems in which readers will find bits and pieces of their own lives. Stephen Dobyns"

In Jim Tilley s "In Confidence," we see the internal and external workings of the world through a mature poet s multifaceted lens. Crafting his poems with formal care, Tilley always aims for the clearest vision one can imagine, whether looking through the intricacies of scientific reasoning, the perennial memories that accompany aging, or the unexpected, undeniable logic of the metaphor out there in the snow. Claudia Emerson"

It is rare to encounter a first book of poems as clear-eyed and accomplished as Jim Tilley s "In Confidence." The press of everyday experience informs these deceptively calm poems, rippling with disturbing undercurrents. Whether imagining the incursion of windmills in Nantucket Sound (Vase of Tall White Stalks), or seeing something fractal in forsythia (In Spring, Mathematics Are Yellow), Tilley s imagination is fluent and unforced, his eye fresh to the natural world that he searchingly inhabits. At his best, Tilley writes about the ordinary moments in a life in an extraordinary way. Elizabeth Spires"

Jim Tilley is a bracing and quietly confident writer, able to consistently surprise us, whether in missives from domestic life, topical poems, or poems which quirkily address what he calls the big questions. These are wry, bittersweet, and unobtrusively instructive poems in the tradition of Wilbur, Schuyler, and Dunn, and they are very much worth reading. David Wojahn"

Jim Tilley does confide in his readers here as he explores a refreshing variety of subjects everything from the complexity of father-son and husband-wife relations to the more solvable problems of dark matter and the origins of the cosmos. But what wins our confidence is not his range but his steady hand on the poem and his steady gaze at the world. Billy Collins"

At first glance Jim Tilley s "In Confidence" seems to consist of calm, graceful poems of upper middle class domesticity, but turkey vultures wait in the yard and many stories have unhappy endings. Instead the poems are about trying to maintain this fragile equilibrium like a tightrope walker tip-toeing above a lion s den. One sees the quiet elegance is all that keeps one from shouting, Watch out! These are finely crafted poems in which readers will find bits and pieces of their own lives. Stephen Dobyns"

In Jim Tilley s "In Confidence," we see the internal and external workings of the world through a mature poet s multifaceted lens. Crafting his poems with formal care, Tilley always aims for the clearest vision one can imagine, whether looking through the intricacies of scientific reasoning, the perennial memories that accompany aging, or the unexpected, undeniable logic of the metaphor out there in the snow. Claudia Emerson"

It is rare to encounter a first book of poems as clear-eyed and accomplished as Jim Tilley s "In Confidence." The press of everyday experience informs these deceptively calm poems, rippling with disturbing undercurrents. Whether imagining the incursion of windmills in Nantucket Sound (Vase of Tall White Stalks), or seeing something fractal in forsythia (In Spring, Mathematics Are Yellow), Tilley s imagination is fluent and unforced, his eye fresh to the natural world that he searchingly inhabits. At his best, Tilley writes about the ordinary moments in a life in an extraordinary way. Elizabeth Spires"

Jim Tilley is a bracing and quietly confident writer, able to consistently surprise us, whether in missives from domestic life, topical poems, or poems which quirkily address what he calls the big questions. These are wry, bittersweet, and unobtrusively instructive poems in the tradition of Wilbur, Schuyler, and Dunn, and they are very much worth reading. David Wojahn"

Jim Tilley does confide in his readers here as he explores a refreshing variety of subjects everything from the complexity of father-son and husband-wife relations to the more solvable problems of dark matter and the origins of the cosmos. But what wins our confidence is not his range but his steady hand on the poem and his steady gaze at the world. Billy Collins

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At first glance Jim Tilley s In Confidence seems to consist of calm, graceful poems of upper middle class domesticity, but turkey vultures wait in the yard and many stories have unhappy endings. Instead the poems are about trying to maintain this fragile equilibrium like a tightrope walker tip-toeing above a lion s den. One sees the quiet elegance is all that keeps one from shouting, Watch out! These are finely crafted poems in which readers will find bits and pieces of their own lives. Stephen Dobyns"

In Jim Tilley s In Confidence, we see the internal and external workings of the world through a mature poet s multifaceted lens. Crafting his poems with formal care, Tilley always aims for the clearest vision one can imagine, whether looking through the intricacies of scientific reasoning, the perennial memories that accompany aging, or the unexpected, undeniable logic of the metaphor out there in the snow. Claudia Emerson"

It is rare to encounter a first book of poems as clear-eyed and accomplished as Jim Tilley s In Confidence. The press of everyday experience informs these deceptively calm poems, rippling with disturbing undercurrents. Whether imagining the incursion of windmills in Nantucket Sound (Vase of Tall White Stalks), or seeing something fractal in forsythia (In Spring, Mathematics Are Yellow), Tilley s imagination is fluent and unforced, his eye fresh to the natural world that he searchingly inhabits. At his best, Tilley writes about the ordinary moments in a life in an extraordinary way. Elizabeth Spires

"

Jim Tilley is a bracing and quietly confident writer, able to consistently surprise us, whether in missives from domestic life, topical poems, or poems which quirkily address what he calls the big questions. These are wry, bittersweet, and unobtrusively instructive poems in the tradition of Wilbur, Schuyler, and Dunn, and they are very much worth reading. David Wojahn"