March Report: Bashō and Tim Myers

It was evident from Tim Myers’ reading what a teacher can bring to his students by way of inspiration. More so, when this teacher writes poetry, what he himself can gain from this same experience—a continued rejuvenation.

Like Bashō, the 17th-century Japanese poet, who was introduced to poetry at a young age, Tim Myers started writing poetry in the sixth grade. Also like Bashō, Myers makes a living as a teacher and is currently a faculty member of Santa Clara University, where he is a lecturer in English and Education.

And by his reading, it seems as if Tim Myers would be just as much at home teaching young children and keeping himself youthful with that same sense of wonder and joy that children can inject into our lives. He brought with him this sense of wonder to the poetry reading on March 17, 2011, along with a feast of children’s books, well-illustrated, with content any adult would enjoy. Some of his work includes The Outfoxed Fox, Tanuki’s Gift, Bashō and the Fox, and Bashō and the River of Stones.

Tim Myers read poems from his chapbook, That Mass at Which the Tongue Is Celebrant (Pecan Grove Press, 2007). His scintillating reading of Bashō and the Fox left one memorable message for poets: a poem should be written for its own sake.

Reported by Pushpa MacFarlane

One thought on “March Report: Bashō and Tim Myers

  1. We also learned that pandering to foxes is a good way to win a wager with them. But since I don’t know many talking foxes, and far fewer that wager, the lesson about poems for their own sake is perhaps more practical.

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