In pre|dispositions, Tim'm West's first collection of entirely new work since the 2007 Flirting, the author known for his outward introspection shamelessly puts forth a work where his own affirmations on loving aim to mobilize the brave community of "rhyters" he imagined in his first book Red Dirt Revival. West constructs this multi-genre collection of writing unified in its exploration of the inextricable relationship between the break and its healing. Through compound words, with some poetic liberty, West moves through his|story, father|hood, book|marks, in|between, desire|ability, every|thing, and he|art with some of his most vulnerable work to date-- something of note, given the deeply personal nature of his existing work. A philosopher, by training, West's poetry is ambitious, not so much for its attempt to code experience with terse words or heavy symbolism, but for wordplay that suggests everyone can find, through the author, a mirror. Lose yourself here to find yourself here.


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    "Beyond the year he taught here, West continues to have a profound impact on the way Humboldt State University thinks about intersectionality, not only between racial and queer communities, but across disciplines and between campus and community. His engagement at HSU and surrounding communities, where his late mentor Eric Rofes taught in the Education Department, continues a legacy of brave educators working across many lines of difference to advance diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. I continue to utilize his groundbreaking first book Red Dirt Revival: a poetic memoir in 6 breaths, as a staple in Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies classes and in our English Department."

    Christina Accomando, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of English and Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality, Humboldt State University