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“Tim Seibles chronicles his evolution from innocence to adulthood in Fast Animal…[E]ach experience is keenly observed and shapes his growing sense of identity and an exquisite awareness of the things all humans share.”
—Elizabeth Lund, The Washington Post

About the Author

Tim Seibles is an American poet born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA from Vermont College. Currently he teaches English and creative writing at Old Dominion University in Virginia. He also teaches in the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing, and at Cave Canem Foundation.

Seibles received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and was honored with the Open Voice Award.

His poems have been published in literary journals and anthologies such as The Kenyon Review and Ploughshares, and New American Poets in the 90's.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Etruscan Press; 1st edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983294429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983294429
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #387,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Michael Albert on March 22, 2014
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I like contemporary poetry that is honest--like "two guys sitting in a coffee shop shooting the breeze about their lives with nothing else to do" honest. No holds barred. No topics taboo. No one out to be offended; just guys talking. That's what I found here. Tim Seibles has led an interesting life. It is wonderful that he's a poet and knows not to let a single, seemingly insignificant or maybe even embarrassing detail of that life slip away. "Delores Jepps" is a good example. It's a reflection of a teenaged crush, which is common enough. But the way he writes about it is so honest, so open, so absent of pretentious or the million-and-one cliched formulas that hover around the topic like gnats, that I totally believe him. Better yet, I'm grateful to him for pointing to a door to my own, similar experiences when I was that age. No wonder this book was a finalist for the National Book Award. I may not be able to give it any rewards, but I'll be happy to pay for that coffee.
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We used this book in my last class. I enjoyed the poems, especially the careful way they were arranged. This book made me think of arrangement of my poems, more than any other book we've used in school. Race is in his writings, but he doesn't beat you over the head with it. I appreciated that. I think anyone would find something to like in this book.
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Tim Seibles' words are sexy, smooth, funny and moving. Some of his gorgeous phrases from past books have stuck with me for years. This is poetry for people who don't think they like poetry - it's more like jazz with words rather than musical notes. Beautiful stuff.
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Tim Seibles is one of those unique, amazing poetic voices that resonates with you long after you've seen his work. This is a terrific book!
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A book of poetry I will keep coming back to. Such clea lines that cut through to the absolute core.
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