Praise for OneOnOne
Myers’ main strength is providing order and clarity for powerful emotions through a deceptively plain-speaking style…. These well-crafted poems arrive through varied and circuitous routes at moments of true feeling.
—New York Times Book Review
OneOnOne is a book about pain, the spiritual desolation of a last man standing after murderous struggle with parents, childhood, lust, desire, loneliness, God/no God, salvation versus no way out. The speaker, pieces of him missing, parts of him ravaged, lets a weird wind moan and howl through every wound in his heart, head, and loins.
Jack Myers is true to the simultaneous hoo-ha cockamamie carnival of voices in the human heart, where Martin Buber and Monty Python are always vying for air-time. This is a very fine collection, and it makes our vernacular snap?
Stylish in their pretense of being without style, wise in their pretense of just fooling around, Myers’s poems take us to a place beyond their irony and salutary laughter where we can once again trust in sanity, tenderness, tolerance, freedom, art, and love.