. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Home | About | Writing | News | Links
 
  Mark Neely  
 

Beasts of the Hill
Buy from Amazon

 

Beasts of the Hill

Like the seventeenth-century Dutch painters who divided the space of their framed canvases into repeated geometries of rectangles and squares and light, Mark Neely writes poems that play four-square with poetry—and with the heart. And like those Dutch interiors, his poems are at once intimate and timeless. They issue from a mind as fierce as the hawks “who circle the dead earth, waiting for some small thing to move them.” These are poems with a “calling”: they paint our lives in twenty-first-century light, “half falling, half in flight.”

—Angie Estes


In Beasts of the Hill, Mark Neely works in small spaces where the slightest moves have seismic consequences. The acoustics are sensational, and the modest and laconic gestures of the poems…are also vehicles for the flights and fugues of a “glorious attack.” Neely’s lines can be fundamental or extravagant, sober or infused with metaphysical light. Wonder and “furious desire” are the engines that drive these poems, which shatter distance, space, and time into manifold presences both intimate and strange. Neely has the chops and the voice to sing the blues.

            —Bruce Smith


Mark Neely’s insistent, persistent meditations—multiple takes on everything from flights to fences, dirt to dreams, wheels to woods, fields to falls, threads to the dead—add up to nothing less than a mandala of the human spirit. Here is a companion to take you on a walk, “shoulder over foot, shoulder over foot,” into the prairie, into the unconscious, into the abyss, one staggeringly powerful image at a time. I need this book.

            —Robin Behn

 
   

Four of a Kind
Buy from Amazon



Four of a Kind

The world viewed through Mark Neely’s window-pane form is bleak and fallen, driven by a distinctly American strain of banality. Yet, the very elegance and order of thought in these poems offers a subtle gesture of resistance. Such resistance is further indicated by the poet’s wry use of old-fashioned craft—bull’s-eye imagery and poised similes flutter quietly through the collection. Neely’s quadruple vision surely clarifies our chintzy modern desperation, but that same vision also isolates a moment or two when our world is still defiantly charged with its old wonder and beauty.

            —Maurice Manning


Four of a Kind
is a book of marvelous precision and mysterious distortion; reading it is sometimes like looking through squeaky-clean plate glass, sometimes through the wavy glass of old farmhouse windows.

            —Kathleen Kirk, Prick of the Spindle

   
Magazine Covers

 

 

Magazines
Click here
for a list of work in magazines including links to online publications.

 
 
Home | About | Writing | News | Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .