Timothy Gager is a genius of the quotidian, keenly observing the details of our lives and rendering them so that we can hear the deep pulse of our identities, of our pure being, within them. The Shutting Door is a ravishing, wonderful, enlightening book.
- Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author of 18 books.
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Oct 16, 2013
I read these poems, constantly sucked in, pulled beneath the surface by the accessible complexity, the swirling eddy’s of darkness, shockingly abrupt intercuttings of profane and sacred, surprised by the streaks of tenderness… and thought , who am I to write anything about a poet who, like his wolves, howls at the sun because the moon has yet to hear, who is an acute observer of the way things completely breakdown. And then I realized that in many of these poems Tim has done something remarkable and worth shouting about: he has rescued irony from the terrible detachment of the hip and the surface slickness of the cool. Rooting irony in the power of attachment, in gut felt emotion, connection and immersion, he has once again made it revelatory and profound. There is much more to be found in this collection but for that alone , hats off and shouts of joy to Tim Gager. Michael Ansara, co-founder Mass Poetry In The Shutting Door, Gager studies the crisp space between life's summation and... More > the gathering of what harvest may wait for us as we work at a more genuine quality of being. In a world of social media he shows himself brave and committed to truth, but not without humor. This is a delightful new work from a poet who consistently shows that he believes in what connects us and makes us hu Afaa M. Weaver, “The Government of Nature” Worldly, witty, and often satirical, these poems also have a tender side, a feeling of loss and longing, a sense of thwarted hopes and dreams. It is as if the poet has glimpsed something wondrous and maybe all-important just beyond a door that is closing. Fred Marchant, The Looking House The Shutting Door is gritty, captivating book that immediately pull you in and doesn't let go. Tim Gager writes through the lens of a damaged angel, someone who has seen forgiveness from all sides. The result is wondrously eloquent, giving us these beautiful, dangerous, arresting poems about what it means to be human. Gager’s poems “never stop trying to fly January O'Neil, Executive Director of Mass Poetry "The Shutting Door" is unflinchingly honest and deeply personal, with a gentle sense of melancholy offset by the occasional touch of gallows humor. Timothy Gager mines gems of truth from the plain soil of ordinary life. Charles Coe, All Sins Forgiven: Poems for My Parents< Less
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