Spring Hunger

Plain View Press, 2008

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In his second full-length collection, Liles guides us into fraught spaces–from bar room to battlefield, schoolyard to interior recesses–to confront grief with what he’s proving to be characteristic insight, humor, outrage, and wonder. Always sincere, each poem offers the possibility of emerging from ruin both personal and collective with dignity if not hope intact. Truth wounds, then heals in these pages. Here is a poetry that sings reminder: Language remains our great means of redress in a heartbreaking world.

Singing Back the Darkness

New York Quarterly Books, 2012

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...Liles “arms his thirst” with the outrages of our era and writes a searing poetry that refuses to behave as if the word is more important than the world.

- Richard Hoffman, poet, author of Half the House: a Memoir, and the poetry collections Without Paradise and Gold Star Road

    ...poems daring enough to write about “dweebiness” and risk being dweeby to do so... Anything but cool, Liles unruly intelligence makes us laugh, look again, rethink, and finally remember why poetry has a long, loved populist history in the U.S.

- Linda McCarriston, poet, author of Little River – Poems Selected & New, Eva-Mary and Talking Soft Dutch