essays

Ginsberg's "America" Revisited | Capital Commentary, August 23, 2013

Tweetable Rhetoric | Capital Commentary, July 12, 2013

The American Eagle | Capital Commentary, June 7, 2013

Poet in the World | Missio, The Washington Institute, June 5, 2013

"As to the Ring": Solon's Democracy | Capital Commentary, February 1, 2013

Signals, Smartphones, and Still Small Voices | Comment, January 25, 2013

Thoughts on the Newtown Massacre | Capital Commentary, December 21, 2012

The Necessity of Sad Christmas Songs | ThinkChristian, December 20, 2012

A Cardinals Fan and His Family Experience Game 5 | St. Louis Magazine, October 15, 2012

Lincoln's Knox | Capital Commentary, October 12, 2012

The Deep Divide | Capital Commentary, September 7, 2012

Teju Cole Tweets America | HTML Giant, August 25, 2012

Poetry As Flak | Capital Commentary, August 10, 2012

Itís All Good | Capital Commentary, July 6, 2012

At Least I Author My Own Disaster | Curator, June 15, 2012

Literary Twitter: @prodigalsam | Huffington Post, May 17, 2012

The Baddest Girl Around | Curator, April 6, 2012

On Satire | Comment, March 26, 2012

Terrifying Sentences | Capital Commentary, March 9, 2012

How Calvinists Spread Thanksgiving Cheer | Wall Street Journal, November 18, 2011

A Laureate in Letters: Philip Levine in correspondence, 1994-2011 | Books and Culture, Nov/Dec 2011

Childish Gambino: Donald Glover Does It All | Paste, November 15, 2011

Literary Twitter: @TortyCraig | Huffington Post, October 19, 2011

Cassilly's City: Remembering the Gaudí of St. Louis | Books and Culture, October 4, 2011

Our New Poet Laureate: Philip Levine | Capital Commentary, August 26, 2011

Literary Twitter: @ShebeMolly | We Who Are About to Die, August 22, 2011

Literary Twitter: @thesulk | Huffington Post, June 27, 2011

Literary Twitter: @DadBoner | Huffington Post, June 23, 2011

Gallaher and Lee at the Ruskin Art Club | We Who Are About to Die, May 30, 2011

A Month of Tweeting | Books and Culture, April 19, 2011

Drawing the Line Somewhere | Capital Commentary, April 15, 2011

Dueling Cynicisms | Capital Commentary, March 11, 2011

Poetry and Power: Frost and Kennedy | Capital Commentary, January 14, 2011

Where Have All the Poems Gone? | ByFaith, Issue Number 19, February 2008

Uncannily Midwestern | St. Louis Magazine, August 2007

John Vanderslice and St. Vincent at the Billiken Club, May 2, 2007 | Paste Magazine, May 2007

The Ten Jens Reading | Poetry Foundation, April 2007

Unexpected Lines (Scott Lowenbaum feature) | St. Louis Magazine, December 2006

Family Business | St. Louis Magazine, October 2006

Do We Care? Do We Dare? | St. Louis Magazine, September 2006

Time Well Spent | St. Louis Magazine, June 2006

The Five Aarons Reading | Poetry Foundation, February 2006

What is to be done...about schooling? | Comment, September 2005 - V. 24 I. 5

Not a Synod but a Salon | Christian History, Issue 81, Winter 2004

A Leopard Among the Bannas | Christian History, Issue 79, Summer 2003

The Rules Have Stayed the Same | Books and Culture, Jan/Feb 2000

Missing a Beat: Saying "Kaddish" for Allen Ginsberg | The Riverfront Times, April 1997

Spring 2000 teaching journal | Featured at Writenet.org


poetry

AEM's 7th Annual Evening of Arts & Entertainment | Video of poetry reading in Santa Monica, October 15, 2010

"The Love Song of J. Alfred Capslock" | Mcsweeney's Internet Tendency, October 17, 2012

Three Poems | The Inquisitive Eater, September 17, 2012

"Naming Flowers" (with audio) | Everyday Genius, August 29, 2012

"Making Tea" | Books and Culture, September/October 2012

"Book Designer" | Books and Culture, July/August 2012

"Apes, On The Loss of a Finger, & Angels" | Joyland Poetry, April 11, 2012

"Guest Interview: Indie Lit Award Nominated Poet Edward Nudelman Interviews Poet Aaron Belz," Part 1, Part 2 | Savvy Verse & Wit, April, 2012

"Boulders" | Zócalo Public Square, February 23, 2012

"Avatar" | The Atlantic, December 3, 2011

"An Invitation" | Books and Culture, December 2011

"Howard" | Zócalo Public Square, October 27, 2011

"My Chosen Vocation" | Shampoo 39, October 2011

Five Poems | Wave Composition, September 10, 2011

Interview | Pif Magazine, September 1, 2011

Interview | Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer, February 8, 2011

"A Horse, Oh Gross" and "Badly Drawn Poet" | Esque Issue 2, February 2011

PechaKucha STL | Video of presentation in St. Louis w/art by Mike Schnitzer, January 2011

"It's a Wonderful Life: Alternate Ending" | Yankee Pot Roast, December 2010

"On the Death of Leslie Nielsen" | Books and Culture, November 30, 2010

"Hambone" and "The Beautiful Woman" | Tinfish 20, Fall 2010

Four Poems | The Oxonian Review, November 1, 2010

"To Dream Only of Bunnies," "Mr. Fibitz," and "Things That I Have Only One Of" | Sharkforum, October 11, 2010

"The Ultimate Love Poem" | The Equalizer 1.1, October 1, 2010

"In Irwindale" | Cavalier Literary Couture, August 23, 2010

"So Galactic" | Zócalo Public Square, July 21, 2010

"The Love-Hat Relationship" | Poetry Foundation, April 19, 2010

"Thirty Illegal Moves in the Cloud-Shape Game" | The Washington Post, January 10, 2010

"New Movie" | Jacket 39, Early 2010

"Mesquite Bar Code Squigglies" | THERMOS, September 9, 2009

"Alberto VO5" and "You Can't Pick Your Friend's Nose" | Anti- 2007

"Famous Palindrome" | Mcsweeney's Internet Tendency, July 18, 2005

reviews

The Hotel Oneira by August Kleinzahler | San Francisco Chronicle, October 4, 2013

The Library of Dreams: Howard Schwartz's poetry ends where it begins | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 6, 2013

Reclaiming Wendell Berry, Agrarian Conservative: The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry | The City, Spring, 2012

Taika Waititi's Boy | Paste Magazine, March 6, 2012

Prize-winning poetry evokes St. Louis: New books by Kerri Webster and Jazzy Danziger | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 3, 2012

Poet Bargen writes of postwar Europe in Endearing Ruins | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 26, 2012

A Regimen of Aimless Strolling: Billy Collins' Horoscopes for the Dead | Comment, February 20, 2012

Quincy Troupe's Errançities | St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 12, 2012

No Uncertain Terms: Three poetry collections show us who we are. | Books and Culture Web Edition, January, 2012

A Poet's Evolution: Devin Johnston's Traveler | Comment, December 2, 2011

The Poetry Lesson: Andrei Codrescu teaches a class, reminisces, howls, and ruminates | Books and Culture Web Edition, October 2010

The Mind Is a Spa: Mlinko and Armantrout | Comment, August 27, 2010

The Jerk: A review of Robert Crawford's The Bard | Books and Culture, January/February 2010

Fractals: New poetry by Foust, O'Brien, and Zawacki | Comment, January 15, 2010

Regrets of a former "young William Faulkner": Charlie Smith's Word Comix | Comment, September 4, 2009

Poetry's next wave: American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry | Comment, July 10, 2009

Angry Notes: Devin Johnston's Sources | Comment, October 24, 2008

Six-Pack: The charms and annoyances of "collected poems." | Books and Culture, July/August 2008

Eliot's Rebellious Heirs: A review of Adam Kirsch's The Wounded Surgeon | Books and Culture, September/October 2007






Glitter Bomb (Persea, 2014)
Available in local bookstores or through Amazon.

"The poems in Glitter Bomb pull no punches: irreverent, devastating, even nasty at times, they capture the present moment in all its absurdity and hyperreality. 'Lampwise by altarlight' (pace Dylan Thomas), Aaron Belz keeps his eye on the object: often hilarious, he is also wise: here is a charming little poem called 'Team,' telling us, with its tongue firmly in its cheek, that we do need others: 'There's no I in team, / but there's one in bitterness / and one in failure.' Glitter Bomb is full of such pleasures." —Marjorie Perloff

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Lovely, Raspberry (Persea, 2010)
Available in local bookstores or through Amazon.

"Aaron Belz's poetry reminds us that poetry should be bright, friendly, surprising, and totally committed to everything but itself. Reading him is like dreaming of a summer vacation and then taking it." —John Ashbery

"Aaron Belz writes in the tradition of Richard Brautigan, never afraid to let the awkward intensity of address and visual snap of juxtapostion hijack the poem's more solemn duties. Reading Belz is like watching an intimate comic performance; it's stand-up poetry meant for you alone." —Chris Martin

  →Erika Jo Brown, Jacket2
  →Walter Bargen, Pleiades
  →Jason Labbe, Boston Review
  →Tony Trigilio, Gently Read Literature
  →John Wilson, Books & Culture (podcast)
  →Joe Harrington, Tarpaulin Sky
  →Jeff Charis-Carlson, IA City Press Citizen
  →Ellen Kaufman, Library Journal
  →Adam Palumbo, The Rumpus
  →Dan Coffey, ISU e-Library News
  →Doug Belcher, Jacket
  →Greg Gerke, Big Other
  →Micah Mattix, A Smartish Pace
  →Julie Dill, St. Louis Magazine

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The Bird Hoverer (BlazeVOX, 2007). Available through SPD or Amazon.

"Aaron Belz is a gravely hilarious poet. The poems from The Bird Hoverer are part Discovery Channel, part History Channel, part E!—his ferocious intelligence, his love of glitz, and his wry take on relationships (both human and animal) are irresistible. Belz's voice is bold, wise, inimitable." —Denise Duhamel

  →Tony Trigilio, Boston Review
  →Aaron Lowinger, ARTVOICE
  →Katie Lewis, University News
  →Marc Kipniss, Jacket
  →Kristina Marie Darling, Rattle
  →Adam Fieled, Stoning the Devil
  →Alexander Dickow, Galatea Resurrects
  →D. B. Timothy, The Bagpipe
  →Adam Fieled
  →Vincent Howard

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Plausible Worlds (Observable, 2005).

"Aaron Belz offers us a poetry of exhilaration and exuberance where the self is drowned in a flood of pop cultural referents fading as quickly as a television commercial or a movie trailer." —François Luong

  →Ron Silliman