I’m a fan of Mark Murphy’s poetry and honored that he published a review of The Poet’s Garage, my new collection from Unsolicited Press: http://midwestbookreview.com/rbw/may_20.htm#markmurphy
Fictive Dreams, one of my favorite online journals, tweeted a link to my story, Artie’s Dodge, which they published two years ago.
Curt’s friend Artie always has an angle, and when he arrives clean-shaven at Curt’s apartment, Curt knows something’s up.
Based on a true story, the poem tells how we learned there was another Terry Tierney, a suspected felon, living in Lincoln, Nebraska when we moved there. My arrival aroused several official computers. The police and the social services department thought I lied about my quiet life as a graduate student supported by my tolerant, librarian wife.
Ironically, when I wasn’t distracted by writing poetry in Lincoln, I was working on my dissertation about William Makepeace Thackeray and his various protagonists as doubles of himself. Those doubles have much less contrast with one another than me and my apparent double.
The cover of The Poet’s Garage depicts the poem, complete with pools of grease where lines have spilled, the cardboard box of active verbs, and the files of proper nouns. As in the poem, the poet has eluded arrest, so far.
My poetry collection, The Poet’s Garage, was published today by Unsolicited Press! My thanks to the editors, friends, and fellow writers who helped make it happen. Here’s a link to the press release: http://www.unsolicitedpress.com/blog/announcing-the-release-of-terry-tierneys-the-poets-garage
Thanks to Kristen Caven and Karma Bennett for giving me a chance to read for the CWC Berkeley branch on Zoom, and thanks to my publisher Unsolicited Press for reposting. I read five poems from my upcoming collection, The Poet’s Garage.