“Steve Von Till’s poems are lamentations—elegies for the loss of wildness, songs of hope, chants of spirit, and dreams of survival. In Harvestman, Von Till meditates on what it means to be human during a time of alienation from nature, our past, community, and ultimately ourselves. This is the first collection from Von Till, who is primarily known as a singer and guitarist in the highly influential and genre defying collective, Neurosis, which has been credited with changing the face of heavy music. In these tender passages, Von Till seeks meaning and mystical significance in the natural world, where he finds himself in the vastness of the ocean and the majesty of the forested mountain ranges. Shamanistic visions of ancestors and elemental forces create a unique form where gothic Americana merges with ancient mythologies in minimalistic poems that ask us to contemplate history, genetic memory, and the complexities of humanity. This worldly and weathered first work of poetry and collected lyrics is a history lesson from old punk rock bard turned rural spiritual poet, who connects us to the West and older wisdoms.” —Astrophil Press, 2020
Ryan Bollenbach is a writer with an MFA from University of Alabama’s creative writing program where he formerly served as the Poetry Editor for Black Warrior Review. He reads for SweetLit: A Literary Confection and Heavy Feather Review. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Snail Trail Press, Saw Palm: florida literature & art, Painted Bride Quarterly, and elsewhere. Find his tweets @SilentAsIAm.
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