- By Nathaniel Bellows

Why Speak?: Poems

  • Title: Why Speak?: Poems
  • Author: Nathaniel Bellows
  • ISBN: 9780393062403
  • Page: 442
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Why Speak Poems These layered braided narratives combine images of landscape and nature childhood memories and family history evoked paintings and performances Nathaniel Bellows s verse is intimate yet inviting d

    These layered, braided narratives combine images of landscape and nature, childhood memories and family history, evoked paintings and performances Nathaniel Bellows s verse is intimate yet inviting, dark but hopeful I could not saw the fallen tree not all of it had fallen because somehow each spring, the rotted half still mysteriously bloomed.

    1 thought on “Why Speak?: Poems

    1. I've been reading enough poetry in the past year or so to understand that part of getting a poet (and therefore wanting to praise their poetry) is to make a connection. More so that in a novel, poetry seems, at least for me, to require me to find points of connection, little links that can be as subtle as a turn of phrase or referencing something you feel (falsely of course) that only you and the poet share.Which brings me to Mr. Bellows, who writes what I think is very solid poetry that just do [...]

    2. Nathaniel Bellows, Why Speak? (Norton, 2007)It's obvious from the moment you open Why Speak? and start reading its first piece that Nathaniel Bellows is very, very good at what he does.“From the highway I see the open, unknown field, two silos the samebattered blue, the sign with its white letters still singing the nameALFALFA FARM. And next door, the house of an old friend, long gone,now redone and different from how I knew it: raw, dug-up lawn,cracked storm door, a van in the driveway balanc [...]

    3. I just felt as though there were many points where the poems lacked a commitment. For instance, the images of fish, or what it means to be under water were both introduced, but I didn't see what Bellows actually thought was so important about them.

    4. It wasn't bad. A lot of the poems felt repetitive, but they had a nice tone and clear visuals. The title poem at the end was pretty good—the entire final section, actually, was fairly strong. Once the narrator moved off the farm and started talking about music, the poems got much better. I'd check out another one of his collections.

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