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Brought up in a dysfunctional family, a boy shunned by his peers makes do with dreams and the late night Wolfman Jack radio show--developing an appreciation for rhythm and blues, and the kind of showmanship it would take to achieve his aspirations. Then, one by one, those dreams begin to come true. Darwin's Moon--A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose--is a wistful Brought up in a dysfunctional family, a boy shunned by his peers makes do with dreams and the late night Wolfman Jack radio show--developing an appreciation for rhythm and blues, and the kind of showmanship it would take to achieve his aspirations. Then, one by one, those dreams begin to come true. Darwin's Moon--A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose--is a wistful and witty reflection for mature readers on the life and times of a rock n roll radio deejay. In turns heartbreaking and comically bizarre, "Moon" is a true story for everyone who has faced adversity at some time in their lives. A journey of self-discovery for anyone who has ever dared to dream.


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Brought up in a dysfunctional family, a boy shunned by his peers makes do with dreams and the late night Wolfman Jack radio show--developing an appreciation for rhythm and blues, and the kind of showmanship it would take to achieve his aspirations. Then, one by one, those dreams begin to come true. Darwin's Moon--A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose--is a wistful Brought up in a dysfunctional family, a boy shunned by his peers makes do with dreams and the late night Wolfman Jack radio show--developing an appreciation for rhythm and blues, and the kind of showmanship it would take to achieve his aspirations. Then, one by one, those dreams begin to come true. Darwin's Moon--A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose--is a wistful and witty reflection for mature readers on the life and times of a rock n roll radio deejay. In turns heartbreaking and comically bizarre, "Moon" is a true story for everyone who has faced adversity at some time in their lives. A journey of self-discovery for anyone who has ever dared to dream.

33 review for Darwin's Moon (A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Marian

    Darwin’s Moon, A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose by Tim Schaefer is a very special collection. I urge you to get your hands on a copy and see for yourself. Here’s why. If you are new to Tim Schaefer’s writing, please know that having followed his blog for some time, I am well aware that Tim is witty, often guffaw-worthy funny, even. And that he has a sharp and prescient world-view, and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. AND that he’s a good storyteller. Having said all that about Darwin’s Moon, A Memoir of Pain and Glory in Poetry and Prose by Tim Schaefer is a very special collection. I urge you to get your hands on a copy and see for yourself. Here’s why. If you are new to Tim Schaefer’s writing, please know that having followed his blog for some time, I am well aware that Tim is witty, often guffaw-worthy funny, even. And that he has a sharp and prescient world-view, and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. AND that he’s a good storyteller. Having said all that about Tim’s writing, nonetheless my reaction to reading Darwin’s Moon was completely unexpected. Sure, it’s funny and there are some great stories there. But I was unprepared for the poignant arc running through this collection, the pure emotion, the child inside the man, the gentleness and vulnerability, sometimes wrapped in bravado but always right there, at the center and unflinching. I simply love this book. LOVE it. Tim’s poems and short stories are engaging from the start, as he introduces us to his inner child in “Sonofabitch (Part I),” “...And I couldn’t understand why they had gone.” We travel through years, locales, and experiences both funny and poignant, enjoyable all. When we arrive in the last section of Tim’s book, the poems become mantras and his words practically soar off the page, transporting the reader to an other-worldly place of wishing: I languish here, dreaming of Adriatic whores, and some way to attain that kind of altitude. (from “Troposphere”) and redemption: The moon Once closer to our planet Now grows more distant With time. Yet still bright enough To inspire poets And take the credit For innumerable Summertime trysts-- But only because its light Is borrowed from the sun. We live in relationship To all things. (from the title poem, “Darwin’s Moon”) Indeed we do, we constantly search for inspiration, as poets and writers and human beings. You will find it here, in this volume: An abundance of joy, glory, and inspiration.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lela

    Really 3.5. The first part was wonderful. Delightful poetry. But, toward the end, he lost me. I will write a more thorough review later.

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    Tim Schaefer

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