Aaron Belz poetr y "Three of these poems are about love and frustration therewith. `Movement' expresses direct adoration, struggling to find an adequate analogy for its subject's beauty and arriving finally at, not exactly an object but `the action of rain.' I was trying to pinpoint what I loved about rain, and it happened to be what I loved about the poem's subject, too--her effect--that she was the way she was. `Dockside Dolls' is about marital frustration and resultant self-focus. `Charmed' picks up on that theme of self-focus, wanting to `push off / the earth's face' in the form of watching TV; it's tuned to Frost's `Birches.' `King Leopold' attempts to recap, in brief, the life of a horribly selfish person with whom I both do and don't identify. Finally, `How to Write a Poem' came after reviewing hundreds of poems for a contest which I judged. It's remarkable to me--still remarkable--that any poet writes with a sense that people might want to hear what he or she has to say about his or her experiences in nature. Nature's great, but I think we should all assume that someone else is already at the mic saying something more
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: May 1, 2013
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