Tom Yuill - Guild Hall

Tom Yuill

Tom Yuill’s first book of poetry, “Medicine Show,” is published by the University of Chicago Press. Robert Pinsky writes it “lives up to both halves of its title: a vivid, exhilarating imagination show that is also strong medicine. Yuill examines the grief and desperation underlying postures and ruses of self-deception. The book’s brilliant adaptations of Hikmet and Villon cast a raking, skeptical light on Texas versions of the quasi-Byronic hero. Yuill’s sardonic, clear-eyed comedy is humane and antic: a born talker on a serious mission.” He has taught poetry at Boston University, Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, among others. This year he taught American Literature at Old Dominion University in Virginia.