Read Nature Poem Online Free - Nature Poem follows Teebs—a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet—who can’t bring himself to write a nature poem. For the reservation-born, urban-dwelling hipster, the exercise feels stereotypical, reductive, and boring. He hates nature. He prefers city lights to the night sky. He’d slap a tree across the face. He’d rather write a mountain of hashtag punchlines about death and give head in a pizza-parlor bathroom; he’d rather write odes to Aretha Franklin and Hole. While he’s adamant—bratty, even—about his distaste for the word “natural,” over the course of the book we see him confronting the assimilationist, historical, colonial-white ideas that collude NDN people with nature. The closer his people were identified with the “natural world,” he figures, the easier it was to mow them down like the underbrush. But Teebs gradually learns how to interpret constellations through his own lens, along with human nature, sexuality, language, music, and Twitter. Even while he reckons with manifest destiny and genocide and centuries of disenfranchisement, he learns how to have faith in his own voice.
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April 26, 2017
(3.5) Tommy “Teebs” Pico is a Native American from the Kumeyaay nation and grew up on the Viejas Indian reservation. This funny, sexy, politically aware multi-part poem was written as a collective rebuttal to the kind of line he often gets in gay bars, something along the lines of ‘oh, you’re an...
June 11, 2017
An entertaining and thought-provoking rumination on a world running out of uses for nature. Pico brings together disparate entities to underscore the absurdity of the way we live now.
August 09, 2017
Seeking a path to and from history without the reductionism of otherness or the platitudes of expected discourse, Tommy Pico once again settles Teebs (himself on the page) at the intersection of identity and community. Central to the poem is Teebs' drive not to be forced into a traditional nature...
August 16, 2017
I can't write a nature poem
bc it's fodder for the noble savage
narrative. I wd slap a tree across the face,
I say to my audience.
4.5 stars - Tommy Pico is one of my new faves. From the inside book flap: "Nature Poem follows Teebs - a young, queer, American Indian (or NDN) poet - who can't bring him...
June 01, 2017
Ugh, Tommy Pico does it again. He has an incredible gift for writing heartwarming and hilarious poems that also make sure to remind you that we live in an oppressive system that is slowly crushing us all. How can someone write prose that is simultaneously heartwarming and heartbreaking? PM me if...
July 14, 2017
Tommy Pico has written one of those book-length poems that seems to cover so many current and historical events, but is written in smartphone lingo, that you will want to read it again (and again). I love Tin House Books; My two favorite hip and intelligent modern day poets are published by them....
October 10, 2017
Holy cow. There are books you read that leave you inspired and there are ones that leave you inspired AND transformed to see things anew. That is Pico's second book NATURE POEM an epic poem that is personal, emotionally conflicting, and relatable in various ways. From symbols to scenes to the vib...
October 01, 2017
I don't read a lot of poetry, but hearing the author give a reading of an excerpt on the Food 4 Thot podcast inspired me to purchase a copy of this book--I'm so glad I did. Multiple times while reading this poem, I had to set the book down and reflect on the emotions that a particular passage had...
September 13, 2017
Nature poem is unlike anything I've ever read. It's so honest and endearing...feels like an unexpectedly marvelous one-on-one conversation at a dinner party. Can't wait to read the rest of the author's work
September 26, 2017
Read on a scarily warm Syracuse 'fall' evening, and felt alright with being afraid of dying for the first time in a few months.