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Book of Grass
Copyright © 2008
by JV Brummels
Grizzly Media

Jim Brummels has his lip back. This book shows how he's found adventure in his journey, describing it in such plain talk it s downright lyrical. Take a bite out of your pigmeat sandwich and listen to the barn swallows sneezing and excusing themselves. Although Brummels knows his way around a tack room, he acknowledges the security of academic tenure even as he scuffs his boots down its halls. And while he can evoke the heartbreak of a hardscrabble life and can sing the praises of a night under a rural moon, he s clear-eyed enough to look at himself and write, I can t believe how full of it I am. It s a relief to read such refreshing poetry from Nebraska, the Great Plains, the Earth. — Kathleene West

The sonorous essence of rural America, Jim Brummels storytelling voice elucidates, once and for all, that the wild/geography we long to learn always lies just within. And if we re fortunate enough to locate it, like, say, finding dynamite by match-light in the shed, we ll realize that it s comprised of an almost infinite diversity of landscapes and landmarks. Book of Grass (call it cowboy poetry and/or call it cosmos poetry ) guides us, movesus, physically, emotionally, spiritually east, west, north, south, outward and, especially within through country we ve seldom, if ever, covered. In short, we re talking the gospel of unfenced ground, of the wireless wide-open. Jim s poems speak truth into all lives, into all deaths, into every deep belief in the hereafter. — Paul Zarzyski

Clay Hills
Copyright © 1996
by JV Brummels
Nosila Press

Cattleman and widower Matthew French has achieved a measure of balance in his life on the land of northern Nebraska. That balance is shattered when he is faced with the needs of a terminally ill brother, the possibility of romance, and the threat of violence. — from the jacket

Cheyenne Line
Copyright © 2001
by JV Brummels
Backwaters Press

Brummels' throws are true: he cuts, clips and brands each poem distinctly as a JV Brummels poem. — from the jacket.

The Great American Road Show
Copyright © 2003
by JV Brummels & Jim Reese
Logan House Press

Logan House is pleased to announce the publication of The Great American Road Show, an anthology of the work of nineteen gifted young poets. Diverse in sensitivity and sensibility, the voices and visions of these poems make it clear that poetry is alive and well among the first generation to come of age at the millennium. No one poet travels the entirety of the road that is American poetry. We stop for gas or pie or a flat tire or because we can't keep our eyes open any longer. We pause to fork up the crumbs from our plate, or were distracted in the midst of looking for all the pieces of the jack. While we sleep on some hard motel bed, other travelers pass us in the night.
This is a community unto itself, but the members survive in a larger culture. We get off the road for a while or forever. A poem begins and that poem ends. What goes on forever is the road. What never ends — can't end as long as one voice speaks out its vision — is poetry. — from the publisher

On Common Ground:
William Kloefkorn, Ted Kooser,
Greg Kuzma, and Don Welch
Copyright © 1983
by Mark Sanders & JV Brummels
Sandhills P

Besides living in Nebraska, about the only other attribute the poets share is that of dedication to their craft. In the process of expressing this dedication, to paraphrase from Greg Kuzma's interview, none of them has dimmed his responsiveness to the world, repressed the vital energies of things, or grown immune to his surroundings. The essays in the book vary widely in perceptivity and illumination — a few are excellent — but even the less helpful ones offer new perspectives on the poetry discussed. On the other hand, the interviews are invaluable. They reveal the poets' attitudes towards what they create; appreciation of the poems is enhanced by this knowledge. The condition of poetry today is described and evaluated in the interviews. Among the issues disussed are politics and bureacracy in the world of poetry, granstmanship ("proetry"), the rewards and hazards of publishing, poets' responsibilities and difficulties in the workaday world, the propriety of appointing a State Poet, and the usefulness of poetry. — Steve Norman, Nebraska Library Assocation Quarterly, Summer 1984

Sunday's Child
Copyright © 1994
by J.V. Brummels
Basfal Books

JV Brummels' second collection of poems, Sunday's Child, defines the endurance and faith required for living on the Northern American plains, whether it be "ninety below in a badlands of polished / strata sculpted by forty days' freeze," "a hot, sticky afternoon doing / the backstroke in Krueger's Pond," or "a drizzling Saturday in early fall pitching a game at Del's."
Addressing the natural contrasts familiar to generations in the plains, conditions that yield, in the words of Henry Nash Smith, both "inexhaustible bounty" and "scourges of drought, sandstorms, and grasshoppers upon suffering humanity," Brummels' narratives bring alive the desolation and find heart to celebrate the women and men of his state, his century. These poems see dearth and plenty, surely, but more surely witness the griefs and good humor, the hard labor and love that work through to survival and to triumph. — from the jacket

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