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Lovely, Raspberry: Poems Paperback – June 15, 2010
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"Belz is one of the brave few whose ears are attuned to the comic amid the contemporary. He writes in the tradition of Richard Brautigan, never afraid to let the awkward intensity of address and visual snap of juxtaposition hijack the poem's more solemn duties. Reading Belz is like watching an intimate comic performance; it's stand-up poetry meant for you alone." --Chris Martin
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Few poets understand the serious business of sacred hilarity better than Aaron Belz. There is a wryness running through the entire book, from the title to the authorial photo (its preening stoicism in knowingly bathetic grandiosity). The first poem is titled "Direction" but in its pseudo-mathematical tri-irregularity it confounds any rational solution. It begins:
You expect me to tell you about the interior of the room
in which I'm typing this, and connect that to my feelings,
but I'd rather tell you about the interior of your room
and use that as a symbol for something less abstract.
But this is nixed in the very next line with: "Actually, here's a better idea." and ends with the speaker as a dime store manager and the reader as a movie director.
This comedic misdirection makes for a lot of missed jokes if you're looking for a certain type of poetry. Perhaps the worse fate is the one who must endure the dreariness of explaining the jokes to others. But do not mistake me, dear reader, this is no pony of one trick. If you cannot find what you are looking for in "Lovely, Raspberry" then you aren't looking hard enough.Read more ›
Belz commands language like a comedian, and makes it surprising and delightful. Like comedians he makes language strange. Unlike comedians, he also makes language beautiful. He climbs into folds of ambiguity and sets up a house and garden there, between green hills of meaning.
Another reviewer has mentioned that the cover is beautiful. That is true. Everything else that reviewer said is wrong. He said that the book is frivolous. I think what he meant is that it is light. Or if he had read the book for the purpose of delight, that's what he would have meant.
If you like to be delighted, why would you not purchase this book?
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These poems are a real treat to read, but they're also the sort of poems that I feel compelled to share with friends and family. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Robert Lee Brewer