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Charmed, and: Movement, and: King Leopold, and: How to Write a Poem, and: Dockside Dolls

From: The Missouri Review
Volume 36, Number 1, 2013
pp. 91-98 | 10.1353/mis.2013.0004

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Charmed by Aaron Belz.

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Movement by Aaron Belz.

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King Leopold by Aaron Belz.

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How to Write a Poem by Aaron Belz.

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Dockside Dolls by Aaron Belz.

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Aaron Belz “Three of these poems are about love and frustration therewith. ‘Movement’ expresses direct adoration, struggling to find an adequate analogy for its subject’s beauty and arriving finally at, not exactly an object but ‘the action of rain.’ I was trying to pinpoint what I loved about rain, and it happened to be what I loved about the poem’s subject, too—her effect—that she was the way she was. ‘Dockside Dolls’ is about marital frustration and resultant self-focus. ‘Charmed’ picks up on that theme of self-focus, wanting to ‘push off / the earth’s face’ in the form of watching TV; it’s tuned to Frost’s ‘Birches.’ ‘King Leopold’ attempts to recap, in brief, the life of a horribly selfish person with whom I both do and don’t identify. Finally, ‘How to Write a Poem’ came after reviewing hundreds of poems for a contest which I judged. It’s remarkable to me—still remarkable—that any poet writes with a sense that people might want to hear what he or she has to say about his or her experiences in nature. Nature’s great, but I think we should all assume that someone else is already at the mic saying something more interesting. That’s all.”

Aaron Belz lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and teaches at Durham Technical Community College. He’s published two books of poetry, The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX, 2007) and Lovely Rasp- berry (Persea, 2010), and has a third forthcoming, Glitter Bomb (Persea, 2014). For more information, please visit http://belz.net.

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Aaron Belz. "Charmed, and: Movement, and: King Leopold, and: How to Write a Poem, and: Dockside Dolls." The Missouri Review 36.1 (2013): 91-98. Project MUSE. Web. 8 Jan. 2014. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Belz, A.(2013). Charmed, and: Movement, and: King Leopold, and: How to Write a Poem, and: Dockside Dolls. The Missouri Review 36(1), 91-98. University of Missouri. Retrieved January 8, 2014, from Project MUSE database.
Aaron Belz. "Charmed, and: Movement, and: King Leopold, and: How to Write a Poem, and: Dockside Dolls." The Missouri Review 36, no. 1 (2013): 91-98. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed January 8, 2014).
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