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Hugh Behm-Steinberg's Shy Green Fields is in company with books by poets who wrote about glorious ordinary days in extraordinary times. In a pillowbook of a hundred seven-line poems, this life, as it is written, has the shadow of Robert Creeley's A Day Book behind it, and the shadow of Federico Lorca in his famous, reiterated line, Green, I love you, green, . a specific, a ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Published by You Lulu Inc.
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Mar 20, 2008 Cheryl rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: poetry readers
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This review first appeared in MiPoesias

SHY GREEN FIELDS by Hugh Behm-Steinberg / No Tell Books / 978-0-6151-6133-4 / 106pps

Hugh is a lusty fellow. He tells us right off the bat with the first of his untitled 7-line poems; “I cannot talk without my body, my/body keeps leaning into you” and “I know the joys/that unbutton you” .. I believe I’d have to follow lines like that home. The book is dedicated to Mary and what a homage he gives to her; “the angelfood cake in the basement” .. “Your body is
Nov 29, 2007 Allison rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
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Ok, maybe I am a little biased but from the moment I started reading Hugh's book I wanted to start writing beautiful 7 line poems and that is the highest compliment I can give any collection of writing-- my need to want to imitate.

Really lovely in such an intimate way without feeling invasive. There are a few I remembered reading here and there but to see them working all together was really a treat.
As if the title was not enough enticement to read this book let me tell you the poems in here are quite good and it's one of those books you'll want to own so you can go back and reread.
If you like this book as much as I do, you may also be interested in reading this interview with Hugh Behm-Steinberg:
Intimate, fine stuff.
I really liked this volume--I can't pin down what it was exactly that made these poems so open or vulnerable but I can easily feel like there is an actual human being behind each written line. Loved the dynamicism and the language employed. You'd think that reading the same structured poem a hundred times over would get boring but not at all. :)
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Hugh Behm-Steinberg is a poet based in Berkeley. He is the author of Shy Green Fields (No Tell Books) and Sorcery (Dusie). He teaches in the graduate writing program at California College of the Arts, where he is the faculty editor of Eleven Eleven. With Caroline Goodwin and Mary Behm-Steinberg, he is the publisher of MaCaHu Press.
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