The career of Jack Myers (1941-2009) spanned five decades, during which time he authored/edited nineteen books of and about poetry. His many awards include two NEA Fellowships and the 1985 National Poetry Series selected by Seamus Heaney, who described Myers’ work as "wise in the pretense of just fooling around." A much-loved teacher, Jack helped hundreds of poets find their voice through the creative writing programs at Vermont College and Southern Methodist University, as well as during residencies from Idaho to Prague. From 1993-95, he served as co-Vice-President for AWP and co-founded, with his wife, Thea Temple, The Writer’s Garret literary center in Dallas; in 2003-04 he was selected to be the Poet Laureate of Texas.
Also by Jack Myers
An extensive review of Myers' work can be found at Oak Bend Review.
The Memory of Water
The Memory of Water
Edited with a Foreword by Mark Cox
"What a wonderful gift to have these last poems by Jack Myers. It is a book I wouldn’t be without. Jack was a quintessentially American poet. He wrote in a distilled American idiom with a wiseguy humor that is truly wise. He honored the past, and the future, too, but knew a poet's work was to strive for the elusive eternal present. Poetry, for Jack, is the art of the elusive, which is where mystery resides. Poetry, for Jack, was making up his prayer. He knew he might never arrive at some all-explaining religion, but, damn, he had a beautiful prayer."
"Jack Myers, most generous and indelible of poets—your voice remains strong and sustaining forever. Thanks for continuing to write even when the going got really, really rough. Your wit and wisdom abide in compelling, honest bounty. If we read you, we cannot lose you."
"However casually, and against all odds, Jack Myers’ poems cried
out, and argued with themselves, for consolation. Disappointment
is the seeker’s life. And in these last, wise, beautifully rendered
poems, he’s given us the message of his yearning, and so consoled himself. My heart is broken."
"Jack Myers delivers his poems with disarming honesty and a gritty sense of humor."
Praise for Jack Myers:
"Stylish in their pretense of being without style, wise in their
pretense of just fooling around, Myers’s poems take us to a place
beyond their salutary laughter where we can once again trust in
sanity, tenderness, tolerance, freedom, art, and love."
"Jack Myers is tough-minded and loving, no matter how hard his
poems ring they are never cold to the touch. And they do touch
the way that poetic revelation can when it comes during the act of
writing. He is a humane lightning."
"Jack Myers is true to the simultaneous hoo-ha cockamamie
carnival of voices in the human heart, where Martin Buber and
Monty Python are always vying for airtime. This is a very fine