Chattanooga Poet Ray Zimmerman will read from his book, First Days as part of a poetry panel at the Nashville Library, Saturday from 3:30-4:30 p.m. This panel is a presentation of the Southern Festival of Books, an event organized and sponsored by Humanities Tennessee. There will be a book signing at the Signing Colonnade, War Memorial Plaza, from 4:30-5 p.m.
Review for First Days:
Finishing Line Press released First Days in February of 2013. This themed chap includes a series of poems written while recovering from coronary bypass surgery. It is a journey from illness and despair to healing and hope. Writing in his back cover review, Nashville poet Bill Brown said, in part, “HIs short, tight poems capture the strange sense of anesthesia’s mystic time travel as he stares death in the face, that dark lady of his dreams. The darkness is offset, in part, by Zimmerman’s sense of humor about pain, financial and physical stress, as he returns to the sensory world of chickadees, roses, and even his neighbor’s cigarette smoke, a blessing.”
Mr. Zimmerman also served as senior editor of Southern Light: Twelve Contemporary Southern Poets (Ford Falcon and McNeil, 2011), His poem, “Glenn Falls Trail” appears in the recently released Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press). His poems have also appeared in Hellbender Press, Knoxville, Soundtrack not Included, Nashville, 2nd and Church, Nashville, A Tapestry of Voices, Knoxville, Presenting the Beatniks, Trenton, Georgia and the Earth First Journal, as well as numerous local Chattanooga publications. He also appears reciting his poetry in The Beatniks are Back DVD and Appalachia Rising CD of the Trenton Arts Council. A CD recording of his storytelling is archived at the Dade County library. He has published numerous nonfiction articles. Writing in the Bloomsbury Review, Jeff Biggers referred to him as a Southern Edward Abbey or Terry Tempest Williams.