Honor and gratitude to John Tieman, our guide through Inferno,
from Ypres to Vietnam and beyond. Love mitigates hell's fury.
The last page of A Concise Biography offers the modest
refreshment of love, "in this dream." And we are grateful.
Even so chancy and endangered, life prevails. Paradiso!
John Tieman's A Concise Biography of Original Sin
flash-fuses an anti-war fierceness to the rigors of a irreducible form to
surface with an eye-opening moral outrage. The arc of the book moves
from snapshots of the horrors of the Vietnam War to a transcendent healing
embrace and glorying in the glow of "ordinary" personal moments.
This little chapbook, culled from 40 years of work, is a monument to
spiritual growth as transformative as any bible I've ever read.
Born in St. Louis, John Samuel Tieman has lived in Mexico City and the
West Indies. He served with the U.S Army in Vietnam. A certified teacher
since 1975, he earned his Ph.D. from Saint Louis University. He teaches
history and English in the St. Louis public schools. In addition to poetry,
John Samuel Tieman has published essays in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Des Moines Register, Kansas City Star,
National Catholic Reporter, Stars and Stripes, and elsewhere.