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The curvature of these poems pulls you in, like gravity - waking up in bed wearing hip waders, holy static, Coho salmon pink brassieres and the tight black leather of night. Cast after cast, Kyle Harvey bends his pole to the magnet of Monet's sunrise and reels in fresh catches, clenched fists, the ricochet of ravens at play. -- Art Goodtimes (former Western Slope Poet Laureate, San Miguel County Commissioner)
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Kyle Harvey is an artist, poet and musician. An acclaimed songwriter from Omaha, Nebraska, Harvey spent some time in the back seat of a van, touring the country with a band called It s True. He was a cofounder and editor of Omaha s cut and paste style zine Found in Benson, and is currently the editor of Fruita Pulp, an online literary journal. His poem, Hyacinth, was the winner of the 2013 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize and he has recently published poems in The Telluride Watch, Grand Valley Magazine, Fat City Review, Colorado Journeys, Ossuary Whispers and SP CE. Harvey currently resides in Fruita, Colorado, where he owns an art gallery and lives with his beautiful wife, two kids, three cats, a dog and nine chickens (whom he lovingly named after some of his favorite poets).Review:
It shows great originality, brilliant command of language, complex and erudite meaning, imaginative and sustained use of metaphor, and tremendous musicality. It takes the Greek myth of Hyacinth and transforms it into an elegy that is at once a dirge and a praise poem for the regenerative power of spring. I love how skillfully the poet has used theme and variations, repetition (reminiscent of Poe's, The Bells ), internal and slant rhymes, and unexpected rhythm shifts. This is the mature, polished work of a highly skilled and imaginative writer. -- Wayne Lee, Judge, 2013 --2013 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize
The first thing I notice on reading Kyle Harvey's, Hyacinth, is a refreshing use of the English language that doesn't tear or split the line. His lines are smooth and his use of words is rich, doing nothing to distract from the overall intent. He leads you along with conviction and confidence, aware of his surroundings with a knowledge of the craft. What strikes me about Harvey's writing is a subtle wit that threatens to explode, such as starting off the cycle with Entropy, inviting the reader into the poem whilst claiming it to be likened to a gravity leading God knows where ... only to end this group of poems with a shrugging at the gravity itself in, I Look At It This Way... as certainty disappears'. This makes Kyle Harvey one whose leaning towards his own genius of possibly being a kind of poetic jokester with one foot in the city and the other in his mountains. Hyacinth is simply a damn good read. Michael Trenhaile (poet and fiction author) --Lithic Press
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Book Description Lithic Press, 2013. Condition: New. Mike Loftus (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0988384671