The Path Worn by Love
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poems in the book.
“With spare, clear, language, Tim Nonn shows us The Path Worn by Love with his immense gift for listening to the smallest sounds and to the silences, many of which are anchored in the natural world – in rain, ‘grass singing,’ a single frog ‘chanting.’ Intense listening provides him with moments of ‘creating beauty/effortlessly.’ His poems advise, they draw us in, they invite us to listen, ‘to be held/by the stillness of a tree.’ And we would be wise to take his advice.”
—Maya Khosla, Sonoma County Poet Laureate author of All the Fires of Wind and Light
“I have never met Timothy Nonn in person. I only know about him from his poetry and through word of mouth, which tells me that he is blind. If that is so, then it makes sense to me that so many of his poems describe hearing, listening, touching and feeling. Nonn sees much more than those who have 20/20 vision. He also rises above the crowd of yapping poets who go on and on about hope. Nonn knows that it’s all about love. His poems are fresh, original, heart-felt, inspiring and glorious. They make me feel good to be alive in a world with so much darkness. Hail, hail, Timothy Nonn.”
—Jonah Raskin, author of Rock ‘n’ Roll Women and Dark Land, Dark Mirror
“These poems are contemplative and reflective lessons in grace. Delicate and prayer-like, they celebrate inwardness, the joy of nature and the beauty of nature’s song. Tim Nonn has caught the breeze and light of day, the dark
nights and endless rivers that run through a world of interconnectedness. We go with him through the gentle pathways of the heart, and we are better for it.”
—Michael Rothenberg, author of Drawing the Shade and Wake Up and Dream
Timothy Nonn lives in Rohnert Park, California with his son Jonathan. He has a Masters of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary and a doctorate in ethics from the Graduate Theological Union. He worked as an organizer for several decades in global human rights movements. In the 1980s, he was a founder of the Sanctuary movement, which provided safe haven for hundreds of high risk refugees fleeing civil wars and persecution in Central America and led to the creation of dozens of sanctuary cities throughout the United States. From 2004 to 2008, he was a national organizer for a movement to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan. Currently, he is a school board member of the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District. He divides his time between the chaos of local politics as a school board member and the tranquility of creeks as a dedicated wanderer. He dances every night because he can’t think of a reason not to.