Reed Bye's Fire For Thought
Reed Bye at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café (Photo by Indigo Deany)

Reed Bye at Innisfree Poetry Bookstore & Café (Photo by Indigo Deany)


Celebrating Reed Bye's 2015 collection, Fire For Thought, from BlazeVOX [books]. This $12 coat-pocket-sized edition is a perfect vehicle for Bye's (un)common sense: Creative thought, roaming away from and returning to a more-or-less central personality, makes every transaction a discovery.

The mind may move faster than the hand can write but Reed Bye’s poems capture the dictates of thought as processed by the conspiratorial and wandering eye, all the light and shadow of the natural world, the peripheral glimpses of people and places where few poets ever go. Lucid, abstract, impulsive, beyond the pale—Fire For Thought is both a summing up and a starting over—“what seems to be necessity,” and something much more.
— Lewis Warsh

Reed Bye lives in Boulder, Colorado with his wife, Jill Jones. He has published ten collections of poetry—including What's This (The Lune, 2016)—and two albums of original songs. He recently retired after many years on the core faculty of the Jack Kerouac School at Naropa University, where he taught poetry writing workshops and courses in classic and contemporary literary studies, and contemplative poetics.

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