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General Information

Name:  Tim Hunt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1949 in Calistoga, California

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Illinois Connection

I have lived in Normal, IL for seven years and am a Professor of English at Illinois State University, where I teach American literature.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tim Hunt was educated at Cornell University, he has taught American literature at several schools, including Washington State University and Deep Springs College. He is currently Professor of English at Illinois State University, in Normal, Illinois. Hunt’s poetry has been widely published in magazines, and he has published the chapbook Lake County Diamond.

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Titles At Your Library

The Collected Poetry of Robinson Jeffers: Volume One: 1920-1928
ISBN: 0804714142

Stanford University Press. 1988

Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962) is not only the greatest poet that California (and indeed the American West) has produced but a major poet of the twentieth century who occupies a prominent place in the tradition of American prophetic poetry. Jeffers consciously set himself apart from the poetry of his generation―by physical isolation at his home in Carmel, by his unusual poetic form, and by his stance as an "anti-modernist." Yet his work represents a profound, and profoundly original, artistic response to problems that shaped modernist poetry and that still perplex poets today how to reconcile scientific and artistic discourses and modes of vision how to connect present-day experience to myths perceived as lying at the origins of human culture how to renew the poetic language and how (or whether) to present art's claim to moral, spiritual, or epistemological seriousness within representations of modern phenomena. For Jeffers, as for no other important modern American poet, there has never been a collected poems, not even a truly representative selected poems―the current Selected Poetry, first published in 1938, contains no work from the last three volumes published during Jeffers' lifetime or from his posthumous volume. Now, for the first time, all of Jeffers' completed poems, both published and unpublished, are presented in a single, comprehensive, and textually authoritative edition. The first three volumes of this four-volume work, will present chronologically all of Jeffers' published work from 1920 to 1963. The present volume consists of poems published between 1920 and 1928, and includes some of his greatest and best-known poems―Tamar,Roan Stallion,The Women at Point Sur, and Cawdor―as well as a recently discovered long poem, "Home." There is also an Editorial Note and a General Introduction.

Fault Lines
ISBN: 1935218166

The Backwaters Press. 2009

Poetry. "The strength of Tim Hunt's nature poems drew me into this book. His observation of light, rocks, a hawk and a field mouse in 'High Desert Summer,' a California landscape, is so intense that he seems to long to become part of it. Then come the poems honoring and loving his family, whose history is made up of men and women 'getting by,' 'learning to make do,' acquiring 'that tricky pride of the poor--the failing that is success.' Here is a poet standing on the threshold of existence, acutely aware of the humans, both living and dead, existing in the rooms behind him, but wanting, 'other times,' the consolation of nature. His ambivalence is a strength and enrichment, not only for him, but for his fortunate readers"--Judith Hemschemeyer.

Redneck Yoga
ISBN: 1599246589

Finishing Line Press. 2010

A poetry chapbook.


  • Chester H. Jones National Poetry Prize, ''"Lake County Elegy"''

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