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Lovely, Raspberry: Poems

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Aaron Belz's first collection, The Bird Hoverer, was "masterfully strange" (Boston Review) and "thought-provoking, hilarious, and altogether original" (Rattle). A former resident of St. Louis, where he founded the Observable Poetry reading series, he now lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Paperback, 1st, 96 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Persea
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Remy Wilkins
Dec 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
You expect me to tell you about the interior of the book and connect that to your feelings, but I'd rather tell you about the interior of another book and use that a symbol. By Aaron Belz, the new book of poems, Lovely, Raspberry, is -to quote the blurb on the back- "designed by Dinah Fried". On the cover are smoochy lips or it is a tongue divided, like at Babel Tower or perhaps it is two heads put together to think up a third book unknown to anyone. Full of math word problems and unfinished jok ...more
Brian Kohl
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It must be said that Belz's poetry is more than a bit adulterous, if it were married to the usual themes of poetry. On the other hand, if it were instead yoked with the English language herself, LOVELY, RASPBERRY would express a linguistic love (e.g., puns and associations and raw human emotion) so pure it could blind you. ...more
Aaron Belz
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wasn't totally sure about this one. Yet it still managed to change my life? ...more
Feb 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, fiction
Fifty-four poems, a flitting free verse. Lovely, Raspberry is Aaron Belz’ second book of poems, the first being a set called The Bird Hoverer. I have not read the first book, but after reading LR I want to, which says something positive about what I’ve read. Provided I’m not delusional. Belz’ accessibility is part of this assertion. It’s easy to read about Alberto V05, Bubba Sparxxx, to the more-subtle, like,

three things

Nothing is as funny
as a summer day
but three things
are more temperate.
Aaron Finkel
Dec 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Lovely! Raspberry! This one is a lot of fun. I've passed around this book, and am glad to have finally gotten it back." ...more
Courtney Johnston
Apr 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: borrowed, poetry
Sometimes, it's okay for poems to be funny. Not Pam Ayres funny, but wry-life funny:


Every day I get emails
that say things like
BELZ! We should
have done that one
thing that one
time, remember?
Really though
how ARE things?

And I always reply
the same way,
like, DUDE!
I do not know
who you are.
Where do I know
you from?
But I never hear back.

I save all those emails
in a special folder
labeled "I hate my life."

Aaron Belz is funny. Funny and confiding. Funny and I-want-to-get-emails-from-him-with-thoughts-like
Paul Siegell
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely! In the past few weeks, I think I’ve read this book about four to seven times. I just keep picking it up. It’s like I just want to hang out with it. Swing in its breezes. There’s a poem in here that has the line: “I bore you and enjoy doing it.” Nothing about this book is boring. In another: “When every word sounds cliché, / each turn of phrase derivative, / that’s when I turn to slapstick / and boorish sexual innuendo.”

There’s a sensitivity to humor here, and to the reader, that I’v
Scott Cox
Jan 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"If you are you - - and you know you are - - then please, respect someone else's right to be someone else. We're not all you . . . Some of us are asleep - - some, half awake" (excerpt from "you are you"). I was introduced to Aaron Belz at a recent poetry reading at a local bookstore . . . I am thankful to have found his poetry! Belz combines light-hearted, even humorous lyrics with a more profound undercurrent that gets me thinking while I laugh, truly a rare combination. Highly recommended! ...more
Travis Scholl
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The only thing better than reading a poem by Aaron Belz is hearing him read his poems. He strikes a posture somewhere between literary poet and stand-up comic (see what I mean on YouTube). His poetry is, quite viscerally, play with language, formally innovative without becoming pretentious. I would characterize Belz's best work as a tasty melange of John Ashbery (who wrote the blurb on the back cover of this collection) and Kay Ryan. No poetry collection is ever perfect, but I think it speaks we ...more
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
"Lovely, Raspberry." Hmm. Is it a raspberry from the wild or from The Bronx? Probably both because this collection of poems is equally sweet and impudent. It also happens to be pretty funny. I bought "Lovely, Raspberry" because I went to high school with a guy named Aaron Belz. This isn't the same guy but I bet the other A.B. wish he'd written such gems as "direction," "critique" and "the love-hat relationship." And those are just the first three poems! A reminder to try things by people you hav ...more
May 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I struggle with the title of "poet" that is given to short-line writing writers. Yet with Aaron Belz, I am comfortable to look up to him as one of my most influential contemporary writers.
His short poems are simple and elementally pleasing. This book is like the perfect cloth to clean the camera lens of today's poetry. Speck-free, that lens of his captures life in this world. Every metaphor is chosen wisely. Every quirky joke is well-deliverd.

Fantastic, sir.
Edward Nudelman
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this book. Belz is a great poet, a breath of fresh air, doesn't take himself too seriously, but not to the detriment of his poetry which is witty, energetic and often multi-layered. I love reading Belz when I have a twinge of melancholy, because it usually wipes it away. This is a great collection, highly recommended. Plus he's a great guy, friendly and very accessible. ...more
Michelle Hoogterp
Oct 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
While I only really liked this book, I give it an amazing rating because many of the poems made me laugh aloud. Some poems seemed more like exercises to get creativity flowing rather than actual poetry. Belz clearly loves words and wordplay, though I don't understand all the games he plays with the words, I can appreciate much of it. ...more
Robert Brewer
Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I didn't only read this book for myself; I shared many of the poems with my wife, because like a good joke, I couldn't keep it to myself. For this, I consider this collection a tremendous book of social poems. Well done. ...more
Adam P.
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Great book that showed me just how far humorous poetry can go in the "serious" world we live in. For a more in-depth recommendation, check out my review from the Rumpus:
Holly Cunningham
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this collection. I remember being at Left Bank Books hearing Aaron read some of these out loud and some were so funny, and many so thought-provoking.
Jul 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
A wonderful collection of poems.
Abigail Danfora
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great poems--slightly more bitter undertones than the poems in The Bird Hoverer, though (or maybe it's just me?). ...more
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lovely raspberyy was a fav book of poetry from 2011 - playful and very funny. Mystifying and strange, too.
Dec 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
It's a great book, guys! Super fun! But profound too. It's like walking on clouds and then falling into a pit. ...more
Dec 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
pompous, but inspired.
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciate the wit of these poems. Some made me laugh aloud.
Hal Bush
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book, and so should you! Or, as Woody Allen says in Annie Hall: I LERVE it! Seriously funny, and just delightful...
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: poeta-sum
the absurdity of these poems is so delightful, you can't help but smile :o) ...more
Aaron Cummings
Mar 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: cummings-shelfs
A few diamonds in the rough.
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