One False Move
Quattro Books, 2012
One False Move is Tim Conley's debut collection of poetry. As it tightropes along meaning in language, our understandings of, and relationships with, one another, and even our continued survival, it balances elegance with clumsiness, and disenchantment with unrepentant feeling. It is a book for the disenchanted, discombobulated and dissenting, for those who do not believe in wrong numbers, for those who render schematic diagrams on their ballots, for anyone stranded anywhere and for those who long to be stranded, for anyone who thinks that there are not just two sides to the question because questions do not have sides, for those who laugh and are lonely and still laugh because they can't help it.
"Poetry is the not-so-civil war between phrase and phrase, word and word, fragment and fragment. After each petty victory, the chess pieces are returned to their home positions and the furniture is back where it belongs. With One False Move, Tim Conley trumps up and seizes the upper hand. You'll never know what hit you." — derek beaulieu
"In One False Move, Tim Conley eschews traditional poetic diction to parse, collage, and reframe common speech, idioms, conversational tics, and other verbal conventions in an ironic yet fluid fashion. He constructs poems of false syllogisms and chopped logic revealing a Wittgensteinian awareness of language games — a darkly comic view of the constructedness of all discourse — yet demonstrates how through this rictus it is possible to produce a humane and often political poetics. Readers of Conley's sly and elliptical short fiction will also be pleased to recognize that a similar ethos runs through his verse — an accomplished poetic debut." — Stephen Cain
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