Tree Heresies (Wright)

William Wright. Tree Heresies. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2015. 65 pages. Softcover. $18.00.

Tree Heresies is a collection of poetry whose music often conjures Hopkins and at times Dickinson, yet the music is fully Wright’s. Images allow for a hint of narrative: the troubled psyche of a sleepless narrator, a silent father, a toothless woman, a burning attic, and the tension of the pastoral alongside the anti-pastoral. This tone of the book is best captured in the title poem’s description of the narrator’s dream, “…trust this / music to destroy the freight of definitions…,” as the music and imagery of these poems ask the reader to inhabit the speaker’s ability live in two landscapes—the waking life and its torments, and the landscape of the dark dream-world. The reader sleeps alongside the speaker in “Sleeping Underground,” as he “dream[s] of cities…,” “grandfather’s hawklike eyes,” and “fallow fields, scorched leaves” while turning in his grave-like bed.

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Rosemary Rhodes Royston, author of Splitting the Soil (Finishing Line Press, 2014), resides in northeast Georgia. Her poetry has been published in journals such as Southern Poetry Review, NANO FictionThe Comstock Review, Main Street Rag, Coal Hill Review, FlycatcherStill: The Journal, Town Creek Review, and Alehouse.

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