The first 9 weeks of quarantine : a video retrospective

1.   COVID VIRUS PLANK

Back in mid March, 2020, I was on fire with vigor and optimism. This shows the transition from the classroom to the backyard spitting of fire by MC FLASHCARD:

2.   STALEY’s EASTER 2020

In early April there was lots of eating and drinking and being miserable, but no weeping. Here’s a trailer from our family Easter festivities:

3.   The Covid-19 Compliment

There came a point in late April 2020 when everybody in my family thought they belonged to the suckiest family in the world. Like we could not even give an honest compliment to each other. See for yourself:

4.   DEAR SENIORS

Then, in late May, my Seniors graduated and I wrote them this poem while suffering mid-grade cabin fever. The weeping had begun–slow at first, then steady:

5.   MAD COWS – MYSTIC PICKLE

My first band was called the Mad Cows. When we started we were in the 10th grade, Montgomery, Alabama. We reunited in the pandemic, and after 9 weeks of work, all we came up with is this.

(WARNING: may contain artistic quality issues):

Bio

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Tim Staley was born in the shadow of a strip mall in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1975.

He founded Grandma Moses Press in 1992.

He completed a Poetry MFA from New Mexico State University in 2004. He studied under Connie Voisine and the late Kathleene West.

His awards include The 2004 Peter Harris-Kunz Endowed Award in Poetry, and The 2012 Luminaire Award for Best in Poetry.

He was a finalist in the 2013 Imaginary Friend Press’ Full Length Book Contest.

He was a finalist in the 2014 42 Miles Press Poetry Award Full Length Book Contest.

He was a finalist in the 2015 Inlandia Institute’s Hillary Gravendyk Prize Full Length Book Contest.

His chapbook Mr. Staley Always Lets Us is in the Archives and Special Collections at New Mexico State University.

His hobbies include waiting, taquitos, and thinking. Actually, just taquitos.

He lives with his wife and daughter in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Journal Publications: The Beatlick News, Bluegrass Accolades, Border Senses,  Brickplight, burntdistrict, Cacti Fur, Canary, Chaffey Review, Chiron Review, Circumference, Coe Review, Crab Fat, The FUN Journal, The Ink Spot, Lummox Journal, Lunarosity, Malpais Review, Magnapoets, North of Center, Owl Eye Review, Poesies, the Rag, Red Fez, RHINO: The Poetry Forum, Sin Fronteras, Spilt Ink and Zen Baby.