Bill Nelson won the Biggs Poetry prize for best poetry portfolio at the IIML in 2009. His writing has appeared in Hue & Cry, Sport, The Lumière Reader, Blackmail Press, 4th Floor, and Swamp. He has also guest edited at Turbine and Blackmail Press.
Bill’s poetry has featured as the Tuesday Poem on my blog twice before with “Vocal” and “Against Boredom”. As you may be able to guess, I’m a fan of his work. A thread I notice running through Bill’s work – which can also be said for “all the love poems” – is the way he makes the reader question something they take for granted. Even though “all the love poems” seems to make fun of other love poems, the final image where the speaker leaves the “love poem \ outside \ for the rain to clothe” suggests that the poet also feels sentimental. The poet won’t rest in the image too long, though, and immediately undercuts it with the instruction about strawberries. For me, I end up thinking about whether my own offerings of love are boring and cliche, or as clever as Bill’s poem.
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