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ISBN: 1421891352
Author: Barry Benson,Steve Benson
Language: English
Publisher: 1st World Publishing (October 15, 2009)
Pages: 142
Category: Poetry
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 673
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The Benson brothers have put together not only a fine book of poems well worth keeping close but also a. .

The Benson brothers have put together not only a fine book of poems well worth keeping close but also a strong testament of faith in those subtleties of blood that can elevate the ordinary into song. Here too, are lively pairings of poems that dialogue with each other.

The Benson brothers have put together not only a fine book of poems well worth keeping close but also a strongĀ . Two brothers publishing a book of poetry together is a rarity

The Benson brothers have put together not only a fine book of poems well worth keeping close but also a strong testament of faith in those subtleties of blood that can elevate the ordinary into song. Two brothers publishing a book of poetry together is a rarity. In grad school I learned that a young Alfred Tennyson published a book with his brother Charles in the 1820s, but the book was not one we studied; it was rightfully described as "juvenilia" since Alfred was just entering Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Steve Benson (born 1949 in Princeton, New Jersey) is an American poet and performer. Benson lives in Downeast Maine where he is a licensed psychologist in private practice. Benson was born in 1949 in Princeton, New Jersey. While in high school, Benson became interested in contemporary art, film and theater

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"The Benson brothers have put together not only a fine book of poems well worth keeping close but also a strong testament of faith in those subtleties of blood that can elevate the ordinary into song." -Gary Gildner, winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize, Pushcart Prize, etc.; author of two novels, a collection of short stories, two memoirs, and nine books of poetry, including Cleaning a Rainbow, his most recent. "This is what poetry was meant to be, neither overly-sentimental nor veiled in obscure imagery. The poems read like music you have discovered as you search across the radio dial. Once found you stay tuned, turning the pages for more. This is adult poetry with risky passion, psychological pain, sensual thirst and the ache of longing. There are no forced inventions or over-clever literary devices. In fact, you are rarely aware of the writer, only the emotional landscape that unfolds with each line. The writing has a quality found in Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past - an old picket fence, the ruts in a lane. The sun doesn't merely shine on a meadow, but rather is "This July-fireball afternoon in a pasture . . ." When an alcoholic, frail father irritatedly boots an empty paint can towards his sons it becomes the tumbling, end-over-end kick-off of an imagined football game, the boys waiting underneath it to return the shiny offering. I find the value of any poem is increased or diminished in the sharing. The sharing of these poems, I can attest, stokes the delight and interest of another. "SCHOOLED LIVES: Poems by Two Brothers is a gift Barry and Steve Benson have placed in our hands." -John Gaps III, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, author of God Left Us Alone Here: A Book of War (poems and combat photographs). "Who says a book of poems need be the domain of a singular poet and aesthetic? With Schooled Lives by accomplished poets and brothers Steve and Barry Benson, you get double the perspectives, imagery and deft language about life in the unruly, rural Midwest and other climes. Here too, are lively pairings of poems that dialogue with each other. For instance, Steve's "Candy for the Fat Lady" begins, "She bulged in the bed of a parked pickup truck / where it cost two quarters to gawk at her thousand pounds..." counters Barry's "Wild Man of Borneo" - ". . .not far from fields / where we boys baled hay in country dust and sun and sweat, / patrons stare at the geek in rags and a promise..." Though both poets are natural storytellers, Steve -- a visual artist - leans toward a leaner, impressionistic verse compared to Barry's love of narrative. This weaving together of writers is a welcomed addition to the genre. As Steve claims, "The Best Writers are spiders; they connect everything / with fine homespun lines /. . . (and) live in the trembling / nets of their own designs." -Barbara Lau, author of The Long Surprise (winner of the X. J. Kennedy Poetry Prize) & the award-winning drama, Raising Medusa. No relation to me, but brothers in the guts of deep, dark, old, weird America, the viscera of heartland their shared family legends, firsthand feedback stirring one another's grief and energy along, resilient as cubs, memories crystals hard and sharp, these two linked different men are wrenchingly attentive to a restless, emphatic, and receptive, sensuous life in contact with and imagining the world they've known. Their poems' honest power braces against labor's compromises and intuition's leaps, tradition and discovery, to bring us into real places some of us have never been and others may not have left. -Maine language poet (eight books published) and practicing psychologist (not related to Barry or Steve Benson).

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Glei
Two brothers publishing a book of poetry together is a rarity. In grad school I learned that a young Alfred Tennyson published a book with his brother Charles in the 1820s, but the book was not one we studied; it was rightfully described as "juvenilia" since Alfred was just entering Trinity College, Cambridge. And, because I teach literature at a university in Kansas, I became aware of an even earlier attempt (1896) by the Cavaness brothers whose family settled in Kansas just before the Civil War. Both sets of brothers chose the same title for their coauthored work: Poems by Two Brothers. And now we have a third volume of poetry with a kindred title: Schooled Lives: Poems by Two Brothers. The brothers in the newest version are Barry and Steve Benson, born and raised in a small town in Iowa. This new book is well worth a look; not only are the poems of high quality, but many are "in dialogue" with one another--as far as I know a unique twist on poetry by brothers. One sentence in the collection could apply to this worthy effort: "And I wonder too if it could be true as people used to say/while my brother and I were growing up/'It must be in the genes.'"

Their Iowa small town heritage evidences itself throughout the volume: one of Steve's poems confronts that head on, "I grew up in a small town/and I'll never live it down,/a willing victim to the tyranny/of a Middle Western memory." But the key is to be a "willing victim" so that, even though the poems most times begin in regionalized memory, they reverberate with much broader appeals and evidence as well the schooling of their "schooled lives." The Benson brothers have both been teachers and are as well students of poetry, and so one finds triolets, and rondeaux, and haiku sprinkled in as well as allusions and thematic play with dozens of other poets. The poems have the deceptive simplicity of the poems of James Hearst or Robert Frost. In one poem Steve imagines the audiences for a well-thumbed book of poetry to be a weightlifter with glasses, the grandpa farmer resting from his bucking tractor, and the strong working mother. Certainly the volume is accessible to all these working class folks, but undercurrents of allusion and learning will appeal to more academic audiences as well.
Akisame
Of course, I am going to give this a 5. Steve and Barry Benson are from my hometown in Iowa. Both are retired school teachers and both incredibly creative. Steve has been published many times for his poetry.

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