124 page book with 45 poems and 59 black and white photos.
I can see that many poems are strong. There is a restless energy also
in the stone gardens.... I want to see this book printed. I am convinced
the interesting and good stuff dominates. I think you can contribute to
the awareness of stones and ice in a new way. (I am very fond of your
"Black Ice".) Your photographs were wonderful.
Tomas Transtromer, Vasteras, Sweden 17 April '87
From the book:
For my father
Once in a sunrise revelation a childhood
only on the chosen of bays
the deepest lake
to glass—black ice
of space—too fast for iceboats
too thin in the moongroans
to remember: games with the boy I was
opening my arms
on skates—the late geese keening
toward the steaming blue deep
geese mate for life—
On reading Tom Jones’ first collection of poems, No Prisoners (Skeptic Magazine Press, 1976), Archibald MacLeish (also a poet and lawyer) wrote to the author: “You have that rarest thing in the modern world—an ear. And you have been where you have been, which is the next rarest.” More than one hundred of his poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies, including The Nation, The New Republic, and The Yale Review.
After twenty-two years teaching, writing and living on the Navajo Nation, in June 2014 Mr. Jones retired from teaching and has since devoted himself to both poetry and photography with the creation of his TOM JONES PHOTOGRAPHY website, tomjonesphoto.net; publication of BEYOND EXISTENTIALISM; and juried selection by nine different jurors of four color and six black and white photographs for nine juried fine art photography exhibitions.
Beyond Existentialism is a 124 page hand-stitched book with spine containing 45 poems and 59 B&W photographs. $20.