Soft Launch: Poems

Soft Launch: Poems

by Aaron Belz


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With fluster, bluster, and, occasionally, mustard, Aaron Belz absurdly goes where many middle-aged white men have gone before, but probably never written poems about with such insight and pomp.

In Soft Launch, Aaron Belz takes what might seem normal to other people—a 1/3 full bottle of Prell left in a musty shower stall of a mountain cabin, for instance—and turns it over in the light until its true self emerges, a thirsty dolphin lost in the piney woods. Or so he claims. Regardless, in these poems, the sentimentalized experience of middle-age is about not just connectedness but overconnectedness, and to all the wrong things. Hyperaware, hypervigilant, and abundantly alert, Belz surveys the banal, the grinding quotidian, and asks not, “Is this all?” but rather “Isn’t this not all?” And then he bows his head either to pray or to nap.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780892555024
Publisher: Persea Books
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 96
Sales rank: 1,159,879
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Aaron Belz is the author of four book of poetry,
including Glitter Bomb and Lovely, Raspberry. He currently lives in
Savanah, Georgia

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