Fast Animal by Tim Seibles

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2012 National Book Award Finalist in Poetry

“Crisply comic,disarmingly frank, and aurally bold …”
—Publishers Weekly

This collection by African American poet Tim Seibles explores a range of poetic form, including lyric, ode, narrative, and mystical. Like a "fast animal," the poet's voice can swiftly change direction and tone as he crisscrosses between present and past.

“Built like one single sustained song, Fast Animal is alive with music, ardor, and wit that flow in utterances that are uniquely [Seibles'] and his alone."—Laure-Anne Bosselaar, author of The Hour Between

From "Delores Jepps"

It seems insane now, but
she’d be standing soaked
in schoolday morning light,
her loose-leaf notebook,
flickering at the bus stop,
and we almost trembled

at the thought of her mouth
filled for a moment with both
of our short names. I don’t know
what we saw when we saw
her face, but at fifteen there’s
so much left to believe in…

Tim Seibles, who teaches at Old Dominion University, is the author of six previous books, including Body Moves and Hurdy-Gurdy. His poetry has been featured in Best American Poetry 2010. Seibles has been the recipient of an NEA grant for poetry and Open Voice award.


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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.
Published February 7, 2012 by Consortium Book Sales & Dist. 90 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Along with them come poems of popular culture, fantasy, and contemporary life in the person of the superhero Blade, an African-American vampire hunter who is half vampire himself: “The first time/ I killed a vampire I was// sad: I mean/ we were almost/ family.” Seibles’s clipped lines owe a...

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