Beasts of the Hill

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Winner of the 2011 FIELD Poetry Prize

"Like the seventeenth-century Dutch painters who divided the space of their framed canvases into repeated geometries of rectangles and squares and light, Mark Neely writes poems that play four-square with poetry - and with the heart. And like those Dutch interiors, his poems are at once intimate and timeless. They issue from a mind as fierce as the hawks 'who circle the dead earth, waiting for some small ...

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Overview

Winner of the 2011 FIELD Poetry Prize

"Like the seventeenth-century Dutch painters who divided the space of their framed canvases into repeated geometries of rectangles and squares and light, Mark Neely writes poems that play four-square with poetry - and with the heart. And like those Dutch interiors, his poems are at once intimate and timeless. They issue from a mind as fierce as the hawks 'who circle the dead earth, waiting for some small thing to move them.' These poems are a "calling": they paint our lives in twenty-first-century light, 'half falling, half in flight.'" - Angie Estes

"In Beasts of the Hill, Mark Neely works in small spaces where the slightest moves have seismic consequences. The acoustics are sensational, and the modest and laconic gestures of the poems (like a grandfather who lifts 'one Midwestern finger from the wheel to say hello') are also vehicles for the flights and fugues of a 'glorious attack.' Neely's lines can be fundamental or extravagant, sober or infused with metaphysical light. Wonder and 'furious desire' are the engines that drive these poems, which shatter distance, space, and time into manifold presences both intimate and strange. Neely has the chops and the voice to sing the blues." - Bruce Smith

"Mark Neely's insistent, persistent meditations - multiple takes on everything from flights to fences, dirt to dreams, wheels to woods, fields to falls, threads to the dead - add up to nothing less than a mandala of the human spirit. Here is a companion to take you on a walk, 'shoulder over foot, shoulder over foot,' into the prairie, into the unconscious, into the abyss, one staggeringly powerful image at a time. I need this book: 'I have eaten fifty thousand tulips, waiting.'" - Robin Behn

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Angie Estes
“Like the seventeenth-century Dutch painters who divided the space of their framed canvases into repeated geometries of rectangles and squares and light, Mark Neely writes poems that play four-square with poetry—and with the heart. And like those Dutch interiors, his poems are at once intimate and timeless.”
Bruce Smith
"Mark Neely works in small spaces where the slightest moves have seismic consequences. The acoustics are sensational, and the modest and laconic gestures of the poems are also vehicles for the flights and fugues of a 'glorious attack.' Neely has the chops and the voice to sing the blues."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780932440440
  • Publisher: Oberlin College Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2012
  • Series: FIELD Poetry Series
  • Pages: 71
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK NEELY teaches at Ball State University, edits a literary magazine, The Broken Plate, and lives in Muncie with his wife, writer Jill Christman, and their two children.
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Table of Contents

Four Falls
Funeral
Self-Portrait with Straw Hat
Four Fields
Lovers’ Meal
Einstein’s Alphabet
Four Blues
I Pick a Fist-Fight with the Sky
Four Mirrors
Cardinal
Family Story
Four Years
Inside a Pine
Poem Scratched in an Old Foundation
Four Shades
More News from the Flood
Meachem Road
Four Lanes
Woods Beyond the Pond
Four Names
Eighteen Hours
Night Deaths
Four Wheels
Twenty-First Century Vacation
One View
Four Suns
A Port in Air
After the Attack
Four Dreams
Song
Poem for the Sufferer
Four Accidents
Poem Ending with a Dilapidated Fence
Oracle
Four Flights
A Simple Mirror
My Other Friend
Four Deaths
Notes from a Tuesday Traffic Jam
Four Mothers
The World Without Me
I Pass You on the Street
Four Threads
Beneath the City
Kankakee
Four Moons
Strange Craft
Chamber
Four Horses
Memory
The Book of Paradise
Four Furies
Acknowledgments
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