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...
January 31, 2018
This is an honest and beautiful book of poems. A few quotes that really stuck with me:
"Thank god for colonialist plundering, right? At least some of these artifacts remain intact behind glass, says History"
"How do statues become more galvanizing than refugees?"
"It's hard to unhook the heavy marb...
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.
March 11, 2018
Pico’s poetry is intimate and casual, but can quickly jump to global scale. There are pithy and relatable one-liners that make me laugh, personal anecdotes that speak to larger truths, and plenty of moments I didn’t really understand. I love the clear and unapologetic voice, and I loved reading t...
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.
March 02, 2018
January 07, 2018
every single person should read this
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...