A book-length collection from Sacramento Poetry Center Press. Winner of the 2013 Sacramento Poetry Center Press Book Award. Honorable Mention in Poetry, 2015 San Francisco Book Festival.
In Watching the Perseids, poet Jed Myers chronicles the decline and death of his elderly father from a brain tumor. Memory, language, emotional control, all are eventually surrendered. Somehow, this is not a grim collection—it’s a book of gratitude and a remarkable meditation on an admirable, gifted man shaped by his century and its sometimes tragic confinements, his heritage, his marriage, his dutiful nature; it’s a deeply affecting book of love between father and son; and it’s a thrilling love song to memory itself. Jed Myers undertakes the most difficult of subjects with compassion, clarity, restraint, and great beauty.
—Kathleen Flenniken, author of Plume and 2012-14 Washington State Poet Laureate
This insightful, incisive, and deeply loving portrait of a father is stunningly rich in detail, and profound in its depth. I am astonished at how well these poems play their wide range of emotional chords.
—James Bertolino, author of Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems