Mile Markers
by Tom Moran
29 Poems ~ 36 Pages
Price: $15.00
Format: 5 ½’’ x 8 ½’’
ISBN: 978-81-8253-839-9
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Mile markers, sometimes described as “mile posts,” provide travelers with a handy gauge about distances traversed and a sense of where one is “literally” on the road map. Upgrade this thought by another layer and you have, in a nutshell as it were, the essence of Tom Moran’s new book, Mile Markers. If you are looking for original poems which provide a sense of “place,” this is a great book for you. Tom Moran’s poems are rooted in the “stuff” of life. Do yourself a favor: immerse yourself in the life of a poet, who, “does not have a flash drive mind,” nor will you find him, “skipping stones on I-phones.”


Mile Markers is Tom Moran’s debut collection. You wouldn’t know it. From the opening poem entitled “Google Maps,” to the last poem, “Goodbye,” this poet “had me from hello.” These heartfelt creations invited me into the poet’s life. Moran’s understated style is as refreshing as cool water with a lemon wedge. He knows where his readers live. They exude a sense of welcome, as if to say, “Let’s take a walk, watch the sunrise, I know a place that serves a great plate of biscuits and gravy.”
—Michael Escoubas, author of Images: A Collection of Ekprhastic Poetry

Whether you are a poet or just appreciate the art, you won’t want to miss these 36 pages of Zen-like wisdom that paint a map of a Chicago neighborhood (Stoney Island), and the family and friends who lived there, in addition to other brief snapshots of philosophy. Moran is an observer, relaying on honesty as clear as a camera lens, as clean as light. Like an Edward Hopper painting, he depicts portraits of his loved ones with sobering realism that is nothing but exquisite. “I walk backwards … /… against my poetry … I turn, / face my words.” Each poem marks not just a mile on the author’s journey, but we as readers are swept up for the ride. In his first collection, Moran presents a new voice—an important voice—that “speaks for the stars” and must be heard.
—Caroline Johnson, author of The Caregiver (Holy Cow! Press, 2018)


Tom Moran began writing poetry after college. Tom avers, “My early influences were Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Dylan Thomas. Their poetry reached deep and had something say about a human being. I try to write poems that reflect a spirituality and what it’s like to be alive in the times you’re living. Other poets that were my aunts and uncles, were Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, and Elizabeth Bishop. Their confessional style hit a chord that remains today. I hope this collection, Mile Markers, expresses an insight to life experiences. Writing is therapy and poems are mile markers for the road you’re on.”


Meditations on Light
by Tom Moran

I cup a firefly
in my hand
marvel at its
self-generating luminesce.
I let it fly
to join dozens of
other fireflies.
Together, they look like
an army camp burning
fires before a battle;
or maybe all the times
I knew
you won’t be there
in the morning.


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