In Confidence

In Confidence is Jim Tilley’s first book of poems, ranging from lyric to narrative in form. About half of the 60 poems are open-form sonnets, most of which fit a broad theme of personal and societal “dislocation.” The collection covers a variety of subjects, from relationships to issues of politics, the economy, and the environment. Several of the poems are presented in pairs with the same underlying setting or situation but with markedly different development, exhibiting a kind of “quantum” picture with both states existing at the same time, not surprising since the poet was formerly a physicist. The subtly crafted verses of In Confidence resonate with universal human qualities.

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Publication Date: February 1, 2011

Genre/Imprint: Poetry, Red Hen Press

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ISBN: 978-1-59709-473-3

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The Poet of Wall Street

Westechester Magazine writes about Jim Tilley, dubbed “The Poet of Wall Street,” and his new book of poetry, In Confidence, published by Red Hen Press.

Stephen Dobyns

“At first glance Jim Tilley’s In Confidence seems to consist of calm, graceful poems of upper middle class domesticity, but turkey vultures wait in the yard and many stories have […]

Claudia Emerson reviews In Confidence

In Jim Tilley's In Confidence, we see the internal and external workings of the world through a mature poets multifaceted lens. Crafting his poems with formal care, Tilley always aims […]

Elizabeth Spires

“It is rare to encounter a first book of poems as clear-eyed and accomplished as Jim Tilley’s In Confidence. The press of everyday experience informs these deceptively calm poems, rippling […]