Why Speak?

Why Speak? Cover

Why Speak?

By Nathaniel Bellows

W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393062403, 96pp.

Publication Date: February 1, 2007

These layered, braided narratives combine images of landscape and nature, childhood memories and family history, evoked paintings and performances. Nathaniel Bellows's verse is intimate yet inviting, dark but hopeful: "I could not saw the fallen tree not all / of it had fallen because somehow each spring, / the rotted half still mysteriously bloomed.

About the Author
Nathaniel Bellows is the author of the novel On This Day. He lives in New York City.