This chapbook contains 23 new poems. Here’s what the experts had to say:
Who else would hand you dreadlocks, a harmonica, and an underspiced tostada? Tim Staley’s gift for playful juxtaposition is on joyful display in The Most Honest Syllable is Shah. In one collection, he throws you a giant squid, a barfing beagle, and someone named Mud Shark. A beer, a blowtorch, and an insult to opera’s pants. Staley drops zen koans into camping stories, and investigates deep divides of gender and class alongside daily dilemmas. His poems are as likely to consider the cosmic—does space smell like searing meat, pine trees, or cherries?—as the domestic: “Certainly I rinsed the vegetables.” In these pieces, the oldest poetic impulses to praise and mourn and cry out meet and marry the off-kilter collage and the party anecdote. Kick off your flip-flops and relax around the campfire with your new, tender-hearted, wacky and wise friend, Tim Staley.
– Dorine Jennette, author of Urchin to Follow
The Most Honest Syllable is Shhh by Tim Staley might just become your new best friend. Take it with you to the bowling alley. Take it with you to the beach. Take it with you to the bar. Take it with you to your grandma’s house. These poems are fun, friendly, generous, and sincere.
-Kyle Flak, author of I am Sorry for Everything in the Whole Entire Universe
The circus is in town. One night only. Mr. Johnny Huerta, live and in person, for the first time ever in Las Cruces. Thursday, February 23, 7:30 PM, Art Obscura, Mesilla Park, New Mexico. Tim Staley and Danny Graves will provide support. Mr. Huerta’s debut collection of poetry will be on sale for 14$, cash, credit or trade. With questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
September 25, 2016 Anasazi Winery Placitas, NM
September 30, 2016 New Mexico State University Las Cruces, NM
October 8, 2016 Wild Fig Books Lexington, KY
October 10, 2016 Sandra Small Gallery Covington, KY
October 12, 2016 Mac’s Backs Cleveland, OH
October 14, 2016 Art Obscura Las Cruces, NM
• Poet, lyricist, rapper, teacher, mentor, and motivator Tim Staley will receive the Arts in Education Award, honoring “an individual whose leadership and pioneering spirit promote and shape visual and performing arts education initiatives.”
Staley, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, has a master of fine arts in poetry from New Mexico State University. He has taught at Oñate High School and as an adjunct instructor at NMSU. He started a KTAL radio open mic event. He sponsored the state “Poetry Out Loud” contest for eight years, and his students have gone on to national competition in Washington, D.C. He founded Grandma Moses Press in 1992 and currently serves as publisher. He is the author of “Lost On My Own Street” and “The Most Honest Syllable Is Shhh.”
This is my first poem to make it to TV thanks to my old buddy Jim Hodgson. He and his wife produce the best car show in the world called CROSSTHREADED. They asked me to write a poem about driverless cars so I did, and here’s how they produced it on film, brilliant. Just brilliant.