miami university


Kingdom Come


Jim Simmerman

1999. 1-881163-26-1 / 1-881163-27-X

Kingdom Come book cover

Out of Print

“Jim Simmerman’s new book...offers troubling and resonant satisfactions both in its poetic mastery and its heartfelt inquiries.. If forced to compare him to another contemporary poet, I'd have to posit a composite: Bill Knott (for playful inventiveness) plus Marilyn Hacker (for formal competence) plus Philip Levine (for his good heart). If that seems like an unlikely aesthetic mix to dwell in one poet, such are the surprises in these poems.”
—Alison Deming, Sonora Review

“Simmerman’s poems... don't bother with politeness or pretense... [He] displays a Robert Lowell–like edge, yet with a breezy, conversational style and snide sense of humor.”
—Susan Shapiro, St. Petersburg Times

“There is a powerful conversational ease and intimacy to Jim Simmerman’s new poems, a deceptive nonchalance that masks their deep ironies and hard-won truths.”
—David St. John

About the Author

Photo of Jim SimmermanJim Simmerman’s books of poetry include Moon Go Away, I Don’t Love You No More and Kingdom Come, both published by Miami University Press. Simmerman co-edited Dog Music: Poetry about Dogs.

His poems have appeared in such places as Antaeus, Poetry, Pushcart Prize X, and he received fellowships from the NEA, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers. He died in 2006.