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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  14 reviews
"The poems in Glitter Bomb pull no punches: irreverent, devastating, even nasty at times, they capture the present moment in all its absurdity and hyper-reality. 'Lampwise by altarlight' (pace Dylan Thomas), Aaron Belz keep his eye on the object: often hilarious, he is also wise." -Marjorie Perloff ...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Persea (first published February 5th 2014)
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Aaron Belz
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Stunning. I'm stunned. ...more
Tim Hoiland
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2016
Aaron Belz is the kind of poet who makes you want to have real-life friends who are poets. One minute he's arguing (in circles) with a Buddhist, and the next he's launching into a glossolalia-infused palindrome. But some of his best poems are the shortest ones: "The acronym / we're going to use / for Tuberculosis Day / is TBD." ...more
G.T. Anders
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Apr 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I like Aaron Belz even if I'm not always sure Aaron Belz likes Aaron Belz. He is funny without being satisfied with being funny. He is mopey but probably wouldn't admit that to a shrink. He is clever but wants more than that to be profound, which he is as well but I don't think he thinks he is profound ENOUGH. Maybe he's not good at being satisfied, or as a poet he is not good at writing about satisfaction, or he finds satisfaction to be a boring subject. Mostly, Aaron Belz is aware. You will ha ...more
Brian Kohl
Jan 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Perhaps one surprising thing about this collection is that Belz subtitled it POEMS when I thought I was literally reading a bomb of glitter. Delightful but more confusing than LOVELY, RASPBERRY. Is that a problem? I'm not sure - standards are tricky things. ...more
Tim VanderMeulen
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Most of what I have to say about Aaron’s poetry is positive, though it may sound a little harsh. I won’t be quick to say that it’s good art, or even good poetry. But he does what he tries to do well. He strips traditional poetry from its embellished pedestal of flowers and skies and over-thinkers, and creates a clean slate. He takes clichés and cultural references and twists and bends them so that we second-guess ourselves. It’s funny, it’s disturbing, it’s great. That’s just the thing. His clea ...more
T.S. E
Feb 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
Belz’s most recent effort is a carnival of bemusement. One feels as if they’re in the presence of some bland prophet, revealing to us (again) truths we’ve already grown tiered of. Belz sets his sights on grand themes and comes up just short enough to be unremarkable. Who is Belz writing this for? Surely not his readership, however limited they may be. In his better poems, Belz is nipping at the heels of mediocrity. If you’re looking for profundity, you would do well to lower your expectations. B ...more
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
I picked this up at AWP after I heard Aaron Belz read. First, he is hilarious. He has perhaps the driest sense of humor. Ever. Many of the poems are laugh out loud funny. Some are just weird. But overall, I recommend it. If you like the funny.
Timothy Nichols
Dec 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015-goal
A wry, brilliant, enjoyable bit of business, with a very rough edge to it. I'll be looking for more poems by Aaron Belz. ...more
Hal Bush
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I felt bombed with glitter after this very funny and sometimes moving set of unusual poems. Seriously funny, and just delightful... like all his other books. If you are looking for the somber, downcast, and often simply therapeutic poetry that dominates the business nowadays, look elsewehere. If you want some fun out of life, try this one...
May 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Some of these were funny, some were good, and many made no sense to me. I'm not really a poetry person though so ymmv. ...more
Jason Russo
May 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I didn't realize I liked poetry until I read Aaron Belz. ...more
Brooke Greenburg
Loved it. "I wouldn't go so far as to say there's no such thing as trees." ...more
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