Roving from the old Confederacy of Biespiel's native South to Portland, Oregon,
These poems explore the "insistent murmurs" of memory and the emotional connections between individuals and history, as well as the bonds of brotherhood, the ghosts of America's wars, and the vibrancy of love, sex, and intimacy. We are offered poems addressed to family, friends, poets, and political rivals — all in a masterful idiom Robert Pinsky has called Biespiel's "own original grand style."
I should stop back there
And stand on both feet in the grazing sunlight
And hear this chorus of America singing.
But I am so afraid of the testament of the delivered.
from "TO __________ FROM THE JEWISH CEMETERY IN WILLIAMSON, WEST VIRGINIA
About the Author
"David Biespiel's Charming Gardeners is unlike any book I've read in a long time. Filled with epistolary poems, his book – despite being populated by the poet's friends and family – is actually a work of great loneliness. In many ways, Biespiel's journey is America's, where the road is both a symbol of arrivals, but also departures, and in between is solitude."—John Ebersole, New Books in Poetry
"[This] incandescent collection grabs hold of and portrays the ghosts of history, family, and place that captivate the poet."—Susan Seligson, Bostonia
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