These narrative persona poems explore the various landscapes of love: infatuation, fantasy, courtship, desire, seduction, eros, frustration, rejection, and loss—in different forms—utilizing a language of lush, surreal imagery, varying tones, and a progression from casual stances to the pathos and tragedies we experience when navigating the beautiful and terrible terrains of love.
“Surreal, quirky, energetic and riveting, these are poems that scintillate with unforgettable images. Spicer is an alchemist of language and an astute observer of foibles. As he notes “my thoughts of you linger/in the anguish of suffering’s/playground” or “I learned to conceal/the private lake/in my foolish heart.” Attempting to effectively excerpt these poems is like trying to lasso a whirlwind. Just read and relish.”
“For those of us who believe in the fundamental music of poetry, David Spicer’s new collection, From the Limbs of a Pear Tree, builds like a film score. Spicer’s overture wraps whimsy, women, and worldliness in the playful notes of youth. But Spicer is not composing nostalgia; his virtuosity plunges us through time with poignancy and fresh imagery of place and time. The final poems crescendo into the bittersweet necessities of love and loss—past, present, and future leaving the reader with the kind of aching that can only be found in the long rest. Bravo.”
—Camille Griep, Editor, Easy Street
“David Spicer is a poetic genius, a lover of women: ice queens, mermaid wannabes, that “serial heartbreaker with woozy Bardot eyes…” He imagines underground thumps as God’s heartbeat, gives invaluable graveyard tips, like not crumbling at bad news, but feeling “the quickness of cardinals approaching hares.” I can’t get enough of Spicer, the most brutally sincere poet to ever appear in my e-zine, Yellow Mama.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
David Spicer has had poems accepted or published by Third Wednesday, Reed Magazine, Slim Volume, The New Verse News, Poppy Road Review, Alcatraz, Chiron Review, Easy Street, Midnight Lane Boutique, Dead Snakes, Ploughshares, Gargoyle, The American Poetry Review, among others, and in the anthologies Silent Voices: Recent American Poems on Nature (Ally Press, 1978), Perfect in Their Art: Poems on Boxing From Homer to Ali (Southern Illinois University Press, 2003), and A Galaxy of Starfish: An Anthology of Modern Surrealism (Salo Press, 2016). He has been nominated for a Best of the Net three times, a Pushcart once, and is the author of one full-length collection of poems, Everybody Has a Story (St. Luke's Press, 1987), and four chapbooks. The former editor of Raccoon, Outlaw, and Ion Books, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee.
34 pages, 25 poems
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