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Tly suggests that Graves collection is going to be a work of Appalachian iterature 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 Because It Feels Good line scheme the reader is drawn into a world that changes but somehow comes full circle Graves poems areittered with farms and backroads ponds and forests Many of his works contain a persona grappling with his 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 his 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 National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy (Pelican Books) learn what 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 to his young nephewike 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 The Christmas Scorpion (Jack Reacher, lost it the front tire slipped the road and I wentspinning one ditch swallowed me up and spit me straightinto the other and Ianded 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 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 of human histories steeped in And the Crooked Places Made Straight landscape In his world you can read about young boys who kick up devil s snuff in the back woods of their homes and a fisherman who hopes for a bite from a fish who wouldn t take a red wormif it swam into their suction cup mouths In his world you venture into the past through both tangible photographs and abstract memories With other poems you venture into a fast fading ruralandscape that has scars of both family The Obliterated Man loss and strength Jessie Graves Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine reveals an intuitive introspective which presents the influence of surroundings to show reflections of human relationships Within Graves poetry he develops connections between people ancestorsandscapes 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 dich It s hard to review a book of poetry so I Figlio dellolocausto ll just say I enjoyed this collection Jesse Gravesove for the Mr Majeika and the School Book Week land and his family is in everyine. Nce et them take you where they will” ­­­Jeff Daniel Marion“Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine is than an extraordinary first book These poems have 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.

Ithin the poem often feels ike 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 ive The river reflects the image of the speaker but image being reflected makes the speaker ook New Years Rockin Evil (Futurama Comics 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 theines of remembrance of ost ove rather than Tough Girl 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 help show the heartbreak the speaker is going through and how the speaker wishes the rain and mist could replace the warm embrace of aover 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 over and comfort the speaker Similarly the pier itself becomes a place of remembrance for the speaker The speaker goes down to the pier during the early morning to think of the over who is placed upon a pedestal When the speaker goes down to the pier the former Perfect Phrases for Lead Generation lover is addressed as a goddess and the speaker sees himself as worshipper that cannot bring an offering worthy enough for the formerover The use of water to travel through the memories of the speaker throughout the collection was very interesting as a reader Using water shows how memories can freely flow and shows the importance of this element is to the narrator It makes the poems feel Conversationally Speaking like a flowing river and neatly ties to collection together A fine and mature collection One of my favorite poets Very much poetry of a certain place you can feel rural Tennessee in every poem even when the poet is away from home and just pining for itHa pine Unintentional punMy favorites were focused on emotion than nature detail such as EmissariesMy hands keep their own remembranceburied in fine grooves of flesh Time and the Motions Our Bodies MadeWe danced whether we believed in theyrics or not because the rhythm turned us into ancientciphers in control of time but surrendered in bodyto ritual movement it protected us from the specterof parents how our Hoot lives could evolve into theirs I was introduced to the poetry of Jesse Graves when I attended a reading where he was paired with a novelist and another poet I was struck by theyrical softness of his Red November language even though his poetry covered all the hard edges of Appalachia theandscape the fading architecture of farms the people I wanted to buy his book that day but alas I was broke so when I got home I ordered the collectionTennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine was worth the wait From its title the book instan. 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 isten closely to their cade.

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 my homesickness Graves now shoulders some of that oad Narrative without being too hemhawish flooded with river and ake and hickory and oak and pine and fish and fallow and harvest and work and about 20 other things that remind me of home it s poetry concerned with the present and future with decay and oss and all of it informed by the past informed by something unknowable hunkering in inherited bone and blood Jesse Graves explores the different concepts of growing up in rural Appalachian Tennessee in his book Tennessee Landscape with Blighted Pine The themes of familial relationships and connection to the A Gentleman for Dry Creek (Dry Creek, land and farm play a significant role in understanding the ways ofife for those Trail of Evidence (Capitol K-9 Unit living in the Appalachian South In Graves poem Digging the Pond both themes are described within the poem detailing the views ofife through generational shifts In the beginning of the poem there is an instant connection between the speaker s father and the Architecture by Birds and Insects land He pushed and dug and cut through scrub pinesike they were ta I want to be fair in my assessment of Blighted Pine as I am not a huge poetry fan I believe real poetry fans will find it Beyond Carnival likable and well written Personally if I m going to read poetry I want to really be moved by it Sadl Well wroughtanguage paints a soothing pastoral meditation woven throughout this collection One of the best poetry books I have read this year or ever An authentic voice echoes through the Appalachian Mountains and settles deep within the valleys Highly recommend 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 Microsociology life while growing up and facingife 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 Lefty looks back on his 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 his friend which is illustrated by the river s beingike the narrator s memories The narrator s being able to travel or float down his memories gives 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 a half pint of Maker s Mark ine 18 The river Jesse Graves was born and raised in Sharps Chapel Tennessee where his ancestors settled in the 1780s  His poems and essays have appeared in Prairie Schooner Southern uarterly Connecticut Review and other journals anthologies and collections He teaches at East Tennessee State University where he is an Assistant Prof.

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