Natural State

Author: Jon Tribble

Paperback: 112 pages

Publisher: Glass Lyre Press (January 28, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1941783155

ISBN-13: 978-1941783153

Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches

Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces

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“Jon Tribble’s Natural State is a powerful representation of family, religion, culture and social change.  Tribble’s lyric and narrative poems consider his family’s love of nature, education and connection to deep spirituality and Christian principles the bedrock for his imaginative world.  “Imago Mundi” reminds you of the power of auto didacticism—the desire to discover for one’s self.  The speaker’s imagination is stoked by reading illustrated volumes of mythology thus finding a way from the banality of Southern life.   In “Imago Mundi,” he writes of  “the Winds with / names like flowers and faces / like out of work men who / gathered on the corner waiting”.  This connection of the harsh reality of these men’s lives with the Winds many names is one of the ways that Tribble’s poems marvel.  Poems about his father, his mother, bandmates, football—Natural State showcases a poet who has come into his own.  As a fellow Arkansan, it is a deep pleasure to read these poems and to think that what they represent is Arkansas as The Diamond State, one in which the many facets of class, race, culture and change can be seen.  Read these marvelous poems and discover Tribble’s mythos”

Patricia Spears Jones, author of A Lucent Fire: New and Selected Poems and others


“One of the poems in Jon Tribble’s Natural State observes that “the finest / moment of our lives may not matter at all.”  That’s a devastating truth, but Tribble’s poems about growing up in Arkansas make every moment he renders matter, and matter deeply.  Natural State may be Tribble’s first collection, but it’s as polished, mature, and wise as most poets’ fourth or fifth, and it not only matters, its publication is one of contemporary poetry’s finest moments.”

David Jauss, author of  You Are Not Here and Improvising Rivers and others


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