Aaron Belz Reading/Signing for "Soft Launch"
In these poems, the sentimentalized experience of middle-age is about not just connectedness but overconnectedness, and to all the wrong things. Hyperaware, hypervigilant, and abundantly alert, Belz surveys the banal, the grinding quotidian, and asks not, "Is this all?" but rather "Isn't this not all?" And then he bows his head either to pray or to nap.
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 is the Comic of the Apocalypse. Were you expecting a Horseman? Getting ready to be repeatedly disabused.--Rae Armantrout
Aaron Belz's fourth book of poems, Soft Launch, was published in September. Of it, Publishers Weekly opines, “…[Belz] acutely observes his fellow humans—especially millennials—and uses these observations to weave text-speak and startup jargon into rich moments that feel entirely human.” Belz is originally from St. Louis and moved to Savannah last summer with his partner, journalist Araceli Cruz."