The Poetry Book

Theologies of Terrain

Theologies of Terrain Paperback by Tim Conroy“In this dwelling of scars/the history of dirt is blood,” Tim Conroy tells us in this excellent debut. There is sadness in these poems, vivid renderings of childhood abuse and of lives that ended too soon, but the beauty of the natural world is also acknowledged, as is the realization that memory offers consolation as well as sorrow, all of which leads to the poet’s hard-earned affirmation that “love has saved me.” Bravo! – Ron Rash

“In the journey you inventory/all it is you carry”, writes Tim Conroy early on in Theologies of Terrain. These fine poems map a complex and beautiful journey through loss, love, and, finally, revelation. They chart masterfully the complex hills and valleys of grief and memory. They probe at the edges of the mystery of family, maybe the landscape most full of hard, sometimes impassible terrain. There are many beautiful poems here, and we are lucky to have such a collection to map our own journeys. – John Lane

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Tim Conroy is a former special education teacher, school administrator, and vice president of the South Carolina Autism Society. His poetry and short fiction have been published in literary journals, magazines, and compilations, including Fall Lines, Auntie Bellum, and Marked by the Water. A founding board member of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, established in his brother’s honor, Conroy lives and writes in Columbia, South Carolina.


Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry #2

Tim Conroy to Present Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry Thursday, September 27, 2018 10 - 11:15 am Waccamaw Library 41 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island 29585

Tim’s Blog

Home Fires

Thanks again for checking out my blog. The poem, “Home Fires” appears on page 30 in the recently released edition of Fall Lines, Volume 5, 2018. I thank Cindi Boiter, Ray McManus, Kyle Petersen, and Tony Tallent for selecting and publishing this collection...

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