A debut collection, exhibiting exceptional narrative and lyrical gifts, that explores the realms of memory, human emotion, and the natural world. 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."
"Gripping... Why Speak? extends [Bellows'] fascination with childhood to a variety of landscapes, from a strangely disembodied farm to the paintings of Winslow Homer. The poems tell stories, but the book's power depends on the slow accumulation of an inner world." The New York Times Book Review"