A Tree Becomes a Room - J.P. White
$17.00 - ISBN 978-1-945680-65-6
“These are poems that move through the world, by land and water, taking us along in their wake. We’re right there picking loquats on the Italian coast, eating rabbit in Lourmarin, then somehow crossing “the salt distance” off Maui to look into the eyes of an old sea turtle. All the while, plumbing the waters of the psyche for what can be saved in a world that is both exquisite and unraveling. These poems make us believe that, just maybe, “Paradise is already here/ on the other side of elegy.”
“J.P. White is a maker of dazzling metaphors and great phrases, constantly tweaking the language to make it new, shifting perspectives that cause readers to do a double-take on the world. He is both sensualist and metaphysician, asking the large questions in tightly controlled sentences, then answering them in lush imagery from human or natural worlds. These are wisdom-poems and fables that seem to come from another world, even as their astonishing imagery and incidents root firmly in this one: “No one now remembers when the sun/last scorched the back of their neck,/or when the tree shadows became the oldest of friends./Can’t find this city?/It could be just over there… beneath the sea grape, banyan and Benjamin fig.””
—Neil Shepard, editor of Plant-Human Quarterly
“There is a resonant and essential humanity in the poems of A Tree Becomes a Room. J.P. White’s poems give us a factual, first-hand appraisal of the human condition within an original and engaging imagination. A deep embrace of the world is balanced by irony, humor, and a sure sense of craft. Line to line the poems deliver fresh and unique takes on experience that expand our understanding of ourselves. This is an exceptional book.”
—Christopher Buckley, editor of Salt
J.P. White is the author of five books of poems and a novel, Every Boat Turns South. He has published essays, articles, fiction, reviews, interviews and poetry in many places including The Nation, The New Republic, The Gettysburg Review, Agni Review, Catamaran, APR, Salamander, Catamaran, North American Review, Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, Water-Stone, The New York Times, Willow Springs, Crazyhorse, Peripheries, and Poetry (Chicago). Whiskey & Hard Water, a second novel, is forthcoming in 2024 from Regal House Publishing. He is the editor-at-large for Plant-Human Quarterly. www.jpwhitebooks.net.