miami university


Moon Go Away, I Don’t Love You No More


Jim Simmerman

1994. 1-881163-08-3 / 1-881163-09-1

Moon Go Away... book cover

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“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. In Simmerman’s world, the delicate cracks just below the surface of our decorum are always about to erupt into chasms. Beyond the silver face of the mirror, a skeletal leer is forming. Yet the deep tenderness and fierce humanity of these poems restore us to a faith in our own futures, even as Simmerman’s ‘grievous angels’ watch over us in our private, solitary voyages. This is without question Jim Simmerman’s finest poetry.”
—David St. John

“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

“Simmerman sounds like a young American Philip Larkin in some of these poems [in Moon Go Away].”
—Christopher Davis, Denver Quarterly

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.