Tethered to the Earth
Published by Salmon Poetry
Tethered to the Earth contains human figures in two landscapes as well as the complex emotions evoked when one is far from home.
After living and teaching in Northern Wisconsin for two school years and travelling through Europe for five weeks (the summer between), the poet's view of the world seemed a far bigger place. These poems are meant to address two types of isolation and awakening, an evocation of two personal places within oneself. With the stark and desolate beauty of Ashland, Wisconsin and the wandering style of European life, the imaginative nature of two distinct parts of the earth begin to transmit themselves.
"For anyone who's read Joyce, Wilde, Liddy, or European travelogues, Tethered to the Earth will inspire as well as entertain. Tyler Farrell is a poet who is deeply in touch with the beauty of city and nature, people and animals, poets and painters, fairies and four leaf clovers. He has taken to heart the message of his literary masters and recorded a kaleidoscopic world of intense emotion and explorative memory."
Tyler Farrell was educated by Irish poets Eamonn Wall and James Liddy in Omaha, NE and Milwaukee, WI, respectively. He now teaches at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His articles and poetry have been published in The Book of Irish American Poetry (Notre Dame), The Irish Literary Supplement and many other titles. He is currently at work on a critical book about Irish autobiography. Tethered to the Earth is his first collection of poetry.