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Reader is drawn into a world that changes but somehow comes full #Circle Graves Poems Are #Graves poems are with farms and backroads ponds and forests Many of is works contain a persona grappling with is place in a world where relationships are evolving and places are changing My favorite poem in the whole collection is Digging the Pond where a young boy watches is father He can name every species of tree wild rootthe compounds of the soil in every fieldand knows that I stood off to the side too oftento learn what The Amory Wars, Volume 1 he was born knowingIn many ways this is a collection of journeys Several poems contain the metaphor of travel through roadtrips For instance one poem St Paul tells the story of a young boy traveling with a favorite uncle who spoke tois young nephew like I might actually know somethingwhich none of the other grown ups did Another poem the almost bittersweet Detroit Muscle tells a narrative of a young man who works diligently on a car and then takes it for a spin I lost it the front tire slipped the road and I wentspinning one ditch swallowed me up and spit me straightinto the other and I landed upside down in a tobacco fieldwondering where the road went and why I wasn t on it While many of these poems stick close to the narrator s One Night with The Sheikh home others wander elsewhere sometimes traveling to the Finger Lakes region in New York state sometimes traveling to LouisianaAll in all Graves book is collections ofuman Mismatch (Love Match, histories steeped in landscape Inis world you can read about young boys who kick up devil s snuff in the back woods of their Family Wanted homes and a fisherman whoopes for a bite from a fish who wouldn t take a red wormif it swam into their suction cup mouths In Keys to Tulsa his world you venture into the past through both tangible photographs and abstract memories With other poems you venture into a fast fading rural landscape thatas scars of both family loss and strength Very much poetry of a certain place you can feel rural Tennessee in every poem even when the poet is away from ome and just pining for itHa pin A fine and mature collection One of my favorite poets Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pines is a collection of poems by Jesse Graves that deals with a single voice over the course of this voice s life while growing up and facing life Many of these poems share common themes and images but what struck me within the collection is the use and importance of water throughout many of the works within the text The importance of water is seen prominently in the poem River Gods in which the narrator looks back on is youth while visiting the city of Knoxville TN The river gods in the poem can be identified as the two young men identified in the fifth stanza as the speaker and Crush (Awkward, his friend which is illustrated by the river s being like the narrator s memories The narrator s being able to travel or float downis memories gives مهارت در بازی زندگی him power over the river But the comparison of the two young men particularly the narrator as gods can be an illusion to the young men feeling godlike because of their youth as well as their consumption of alcohol our nerve soldered by aalf pint of Maker s Mark line 18 The river within the poem often feels like something beyond comprehension to the narrator much a god would be and on top of this the river is compared to the sky where gods live The river reflects the image of the speaker but image being reflected makes the speaker look like a god so the river in River Gods is a place of power for the speaker Further in the collection water comes to mean something along the lines of remembrance of lost love rather than lost power Found in the third section of the collection Pier at 5 AM shows the water is personified as a caring being for the speaker The poem uses water as a caring being to The Dragon in the Clock Box help show theeartbreak the speaker is going through and ow the speaker wishes the rain and mist could replace the warm embrace of a lover Rain slants through us and we walk into its wet arms 14 brings the image of the rain being able to give the speaker the embrace of a mother or a lover and comfort the speaker Similarly the pier itself becomes a place of remembrance for the
*Speaker The Speaker Goes *The speaker goes to the pier during the early morning to think of the lover who is placed upon a pedestal When the speaker goes down to the pier the former lover is addressed as a goddess and the speaker sees imself as worshipper that cannot bring an offering worthy enough for the former lover The use of water to travel through the memories of the speaker throughout the collection was very interesting as a reader Using water shows The Nazi Revolution how memories can freely flow and shows the importance of this element is to the narrator It makes the poems feel like a flowing river and neatly ties to collection together Well wrought language paints a soothing pastoral meditation woven throughout this collection One of the best poetry books Iave read this year or ever An authentic voice echoes through the Appalachian Mountains and settles deep within the valleys Highly recommen. Nce let them take you where they will” Jeff Daniel Marion“Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine is than an extraordinary first book These poems ave the music wisdom and singular voice of a talent fully realized and make abundantly clear that Jesse Graves is one of America’s finest young poets” Ron Ra. Of poetry so I ll just
say i enjoyedI enjoyed collection Jesse Graves love for the land and is family is in every line Jessie Graves Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine reveals an intuitive introspective which presents the influence of surroundings to show reflections of uman relationships Within Graves poetry e develops connections between people ancestors landscapes and environments In the first poem of the collection Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine introduces the reader to the speaker s exploration of these connections Here the reader becomes familiar with the dichotomy that exists when faced with the joy of nature while at the same time being reminded of loss Graves in this poem as in many of Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, his other poems in this collection expresses these same concepts whene explores the relationships between the speaker and relatives both past and present Through Graves poetry the reader experiences various landscapes geographies and conditions The reader experience surroundings that are beautiful threatening fleeting and bewildering and in turn they echo the speaker s emotions in the moment Graves through the natural world communicates life experiences and express a connection not only to the land but to the Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet history of the people who once called this landome The speaker watches as the pine of the landscape is destroyed by billon tiny teeth Of the blight Leaving orange skeletons standing over variegated shadows Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine 43 45 As the speaker becomes a witness to Arise historye expresses a realization about Archies Americana, Vol. 1 how the only evidence that the now extinct Chestnut trees once grew throughout this land is found in Floorboards and ceiling joists finally grained paneling In the oldouses and that this provides the only proof that an existence Once so sturdy could vanish Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine 51 53 The speaker follows this with another reflection So many years ago a man toiled The Book Thief here clearing and reaping the barest life Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine 55 The speaker sets theaunting tone that repeats throughout the book stating The dead move through us at their will their voices chime Just beyond our Talk to Me hearing How else do we feel our names when no one speaks them Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine 63 65 Graves revealsis talent for describing surroundings to also demonstrate a immediate awareness of people and events His reflections of nature in many of Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, his poems make a connection to the relationships the speaker experiences now rather than a longing for a connection to ancestors of the past For example in Wrightsville Beach the speaker describes an early morning walk where Shells the size of baseballs pock marked the sand their uneven curves preserved one of which cuts the speaker seel resulting in taking the shell Educating for the New World Order home and now it sitsarmless on my desk beside a picture of you 9 10 15 16 The speaker then states I wonder if I could find your name written between Living in Little Rock with Miss Little Rock hymns to Rilke and the Red Sox in my misplaced journal in those seaside days Wrightsville Beach 17 19 On the otherand #Graves sometimes creates synthetic environments such as the one described in The Night Caf North #sometimes creates synthetic environments such as the one described in The Night Caf North New Orleans when Graves describes a bar with Most of the tables leaned vacantly against their chairs The walls exhaling a low shade of green 4 5 Graves takes the reader on an entertaining and melancholy trip of days gone by The themes of connection and loss continue through poems like these These two poems demonstrate many of Graves other poems where The Character Of An Upright Man his immediate past faces the same threats asis ancestors The speaker laments in The Night Caf North Rendon New Orleans that for all of their reminiscing Recorded beneath swirls of smoke at a bar on North Rendon that the speaker and Mr. Malcolms List his friends do this In theope of thereby preserving from decay the remembrance 25 26 Graves book is delightfully reminiscent and insightful In Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine the reader becomes familiar with an author who is genuinely appreciative of various landscapes as expressed throughout GURPS Conspiracy X his poetry and connects the reader tois perspective as an individual Graves brings such awareness to the connection between people and their surroundings and this makes this book relatable and an enjoyable read I was introduced to the poetry of Jesse Graves when I attended a reading where Just One Golden Kiss he was paired with a novelist and another poet I was struck by the lyrical softness ofis language even though The Tyranny of Guilt his poetry covered all theard edges of Appalachia the landscape the fading architecture of farms the people I wanted to buy Phantom Encounters his book that day but alas I was broke so when I gotome I ordered the collectionTennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine was worth the wait From its title the book instantly suggests that Graves collection is going to be a work of Appalachian literature and yes many of the poems do evoke a strong sense of place The opening poem For the Frozen Wood is a poem written in pantoum form and with its repeating line scheme the. Essor in the Department of Literature and Language I admire the assurance the formal authority of Graves’ craft Robert Morgan“Here is a welcome new voice offering strengths in craftsmanship and music but always grounded in a profound sense of place Read these poems for their wisdom listen closely to their cade. I want to be fair "in my assessment of Blighted Pine as I am not a uge poetry fan I "my assessment of Blighted Pine as I am not a uge poetry fan I real poetry fans will find it likable and well written Personally if I m going to read poetry I want to really be moved by it Sadly this collection did not move me I was raised on a farm and understand getting down to my roots but poems like Elegy for a Hay Rake do not inspire me So a 25 from me and a 3 star Goodreads rating Jesse Graves explores the different concepts of growing up in rural Appalachian Tennessee in is book Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine The themes of familial #Relationships And Connection To The #and connection to the and farm play a significant role in understanding the ways of life for those living in the Appalachian South In Graves poem Digging the Pond both themes are
Described Within The Poem Detailing The Views Of Life Throughwithin the poem detailing the views of life through shifts In the beginning of the poem there is an instant connection between the speaker s father and the land He pushed and dug and cut through scrub pines like they were tall blades of grass dragged orange clay from under the topsoil 4 6 Not only does the speaker see the connection is father Stories from Spain / Historias de España has with the land but also to the workis father does for the family This gains the respect of the speaker making this section a metaphor for the speaker s respect for Spanish-American Short Stories / Cuentos hispanoamericanos his father and the land The second stanza of the poem explains the relationship the speakeras with Broken Bear his father Graves describes this relationship through the activities that the father and son bond through At thirteen I mostly stood back and waited for rocks to lug into the nearest gulley sinking in myands under the cool mud so long buried the runoff from two ridges we found an arrowhead the first day and envisioned bone shards and lead slugs 7 12Throughout the poem the bond between them seems tense and distracted because of their generational differences Enna Burning however in this stanza the twoave a connection with the land and the ability to work together to find remnants of the past The speaker describes a constant separation between the father and the son but in this stanza the speaker uses the term we to denote this connection between Hatter himself andis father The last stanza of the poem explicitly details the generational shifts between the speaker and Paint the Wind his father and the exploration the speakeras with Wayne himself to fully understand the importanceis father The Perfect Resume has with the farmland He can name every species of tree wild root the compounds of the soil in every field and knows that I stood off to the side too often to learn whate was born knowing The doing and the undoing 21 25In this stanza the son seems envious of The Centurion Code his father and the connectionse Antropologia da Criança has with the land We can clearly see the generational shifts between the two in this final stanza based on the father s connection to the land and the son s adoration foris father s talents The speaker stood off to the side too often to learn what Air Terisak Membelah Batu he was born knowing 23 4 This explains the lack of connection the speakeras with the farmland Graves writes of the doing and the undoing which signifies the loss of this connection to the land and Canned his father While the two bond in the second stanza the poem is centered around these generational shifts and loss of connection Both themes seen in this poem aid in the recognition of rural Appalachian life and the contrasting relationship between the speaker andis father The speaker lacks the knowledge and love that GIFTED--2005 POETRY COLLECTION his fatheras for the farmland Both come to terms with this lack of connection I can find in is face what e reads about the future in the tea colored water Lisa and David Today his eyes and mine trying to avoid it 26 8 The son realizesis father s love and devotion to the land after it is too late to mend the connection with Clinton, Inc. his father Now at the end of the poem we see both men avoiding the apprehension between them knowing that there will always be a loss of connection to the land as each generation passes Graves explains a different understanding of familial relationships and connections to the land throughis poem Digging the Pond He captures a view of life that is not formally understood or recognized but Dvorak Keyboard his descriptions of these themes allow readers to realize the different ways of Appalachian life This allows for a different understanding and exploration of family life and the ways generational shifts can slowly create a divide within the family unit This is southern poetry done right As a southerner in grad school in the PNW fellow Louisianaian Yusef Komunyakaa s Magic City was the only collection of poems that truly fed myomesickness Graves now shoulders some of that load Narrative without being too The Muslim Masquerade hemhawish flooded with river and lake andickory and oak and pine and fish and fallow and arvest and work and about 20 other things that remind me of ome it s poetry concerned with the present and future with decay and loss and all of it informed by the past informed by something unknowable How to Heal Your Body hunkering in inherited bone and blood It sard to review a book. Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharps Chapel Tennessee where The Book of Revelation his ancestors settled in the 1780s His poems and essaysave appeared in Prairie Schooner Southern uarterly Connecticut Review and other journals anthologies and collections He teaches at East Tennessee State University where e is an Assistant Prof.