Reviews

  • The Rumpus, by Virginia Konchan, Summer 2010 – “Green’s debut collection American Fractal picks up where scientific discourse leaves off, exhibiting a rare display of confidence in this integral unity, as a metaphor for poetic practice, and as manifest in varying degrees in Nature, each individual, and humankind.”
  • Poets’ Quarterly, by Karen J. Weyant, Spring 2010 – “Yes, Green’s poems provide the unflinching beauty in order. And yes, Green examines the questions that poems are supposed to ask – inquiries about identity, loss and love. But even more certain is the fact that Green does more than find order in the world’s confusion. He is also a poet who relishes in the act of exploring this confusion, of finding the answers.”
  • Rain Taxi, by Craig Santos Perez, Spring 2010 (print)
  • Marin Poetry Center Newsletter, by Joseph Zaccardi, 2009 – “This is poetry for the 21st century, fractal and American; perhaps the start of a poetic movement to be called Fractal Poetry. Perhaps this is what is to come.”
  • Mid-American Review, by Barbara Crooker, Fall 2009 – “Opening Timothy Green’s first full-length collection is like entering a fun house and stepping into the room where distorted mirrors reflect back into themselves ad infinitum. The concept of the fractal, which the dictionary defines as ‘a geometric pattern repeated at ever smaller scales to produce irregular shapes and surfaces,’ is the perfect metaphor for post-modern American life.”
  • Growler, by Michael Turner, August 2009 – “Many of Green’s speakers seem to desire to disappear, to re-work the equation for subtraction. It is the frustration caused by a world that fails to allow disappearance which provides this book with a convincing uncertainty. Green’s is a world where one cannot distinguish between the ending and the beginning simply by the sound of the applause.”
  • NewPages Book Reviews, by Jeanne M. Lesinski, May 2009 – “The poem [‘The Bending of Birches’] mingles aural and visual music: The caesurae [unable to be reproduced here] audibly create rhythm, while visually recalling the fragments of the fractal that are repeatedly broken down into tinier fragments. Later, the viewer encounters a story within a story, which is another fractal aspect, as well as circular imagery (halos, reverberations, bends of backs and notes, spotlights, clusters), light (spotlights, halos, dust motes in track lighting), upward movement (buoyancy like wood, plucked up, bounce of the horsehair bow, lifting of leaves, swirling, fluttering). Throughout, Green has entwined the images that play so well off each other in various associations into beautiful, lingering poignancy.”
  • BookMarks, by Marjorie Maddox, WPSU, March 2009 (Listen to mp3) – “Indeed, as Timothy Green claims in ‘Hiking Alone’, perhaps all we ever want is ‘a little darkness to climb out of.’ In American Fractal, he provides the dark, the light, and a rope of words for climbing from one insight to another.”
  • Fractal as Form,” by Andrew Kozma, American Book Reviews: LineonLine, Jan/Feb 2009

 

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