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  • By Tom Kepler
    Dec 8, 2016
    Bill Graeser doesn't read his poems, he recites them, owning his words from memory, sharing his experiences with every syllable. Reading his book, Fire in a Nutshell, produces a similar effect. His cadences of language produce a viable buy-in of ownership, although "there is no shareholder, no overhead but the sky," to quote from Graeser's introductory poem, "These Are Mine." These poems find the good and grand in the world, and proclaim quietly that the simple and the mundane are not lacking. It is our vision that is lacking, our attention. Many of his poems point out the celestial in the pedestrian--"Well, now, would you look at that!" He raises and uplifts our everyday lives, and I thank him for his work. Take the poem "Socks," for instance. He gives a view of life, somewhat pungent, somewhat humorous, and richly insightful. Socks are "underwear for the feet" and "hiding places for holes and smell-bad." There are drawers... More > full of socks--and then the poem turns, like a classic Petrarchan sonnet, to a deeper, more universal meaning, of those without socks and shoes, who dream of socks and cowboy boots; of peasants, with "cracked and calloused feet," dreaming the dreams of kings. These poems take us beyond ourselves, as in the poem "Cleaning Fish," a task best done with "a knife in one hand, a cigarette in the other." But there is another perspective, how some find a way, like fish in water, to swim the world, to "enter with their whole body the sea. I have seen them--their eyes blazing, the hooks gone." This, too, is our world, our possibility. Reading the poems instead of just hearing them recited also provides a chance to acknowledge Graeser's craftmanship as a poet. His line breaks and stanzas, his use of imagery and sound ground his ideas in the sensual world. As readers, we are able to meet "the earth with our palms," to have fallen down and to have "smudged the lipstick of mud on our knees." This poet's vision is broad enough to praise Grandma's '59 Oldsmobile, to lullaby Godzilla to sleep, to praise small pencils and the Irish jig, and to worship in the church of cows. It is a perspective that does not throw stones at tanks but does "write a poem for those who do." There's a lot of good in these poems, and Bill Graeser has found it in our weedy, wondrous world, where "sunlight anoints" us. It's a good world, and we are told "the clouds unload their rain cargo for you as for the rest." I take solace in that.< Less
  • By daniel alfred
    Jan 12, 2016
    I know Bill for a few decades and I consider him one of my dearest friends. I do not know a more decent person. About his writing and photography, I have always been more than a casual fan. I have only read the first five poems in Bill s new book but each one has evoked a few memories. The Whistle Blower, well without getting political , there are a significant few. Picking Mulberries. Ah yes, picking not mulberries but blue berries for many hours in Livingston Manor NY Church of the Old Car, it is good to see you again and I do appreciate it all the more. The Weed Outside my Window. A book signing I went to years ago , The Secret Life of Weeds , reminds me that not only weeds but all living things deserve dignity. I do look forward to reading the entire book
  • By Andrew Cozzens
    Jan 12, 2016
    They says still waters run deep. This is an apt description of Bill Graeser. When you meet him you sense a reserved and quiet sole. When you read his works of poetry or see his photographs you gain an insight into how he sees,feels and interprets the world around him. I see a mixture of humor, compassion, Love, passion and desire to expose the injustices of our world in this book. More please
  • By william torrington
    Jan 7, 2016
    Bill's renderings of life's everyday moments bring insight into the deeper aspects of existence. Well done ... a delightful book!
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My Second Book Will Be Easier Publishing
December 26, 2015
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.43 lbs.
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6 wide x 9 tall
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