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...
November 02, 2017
This poem pulls not punches as it tackles identity, stereotypes, and prejudice. I kept sharing bits of it on Litsy because it is so powerful.
November 10, 2017
The first stars were born of a gravity, my ancestors -
our sky is really the only thing same for me as it was for them,
which is a pretty stellar inheritance
I cried, I fell in love, I'm in awe. Just beautiful.
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.
November 06, 2017
ok "for saundra" by nikki giovanni is one of my favorite poems ever & this book definitely reminds me of that can't-just-write-about-beautiful-trees-bc-the-world-is-too-terrible thing but this goes SO MUCH FURTHER. great stuff.
November 21, 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...
November 14, 2017
Tommy Pico, winner of the Brooklyn Public Library Literary prize for his previous work, IRL, returns here with a book length poem quite different and yet just as moving and intimate and relevant as its predecessor.
Gone are the hip hop like cadences and occasional levity of IRl- this is a dark ang...
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....