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FROM THE GROUND UP
NOTICING
THE SEA-OCEAN
THE VOICE WE CALL HUMAN



From the Ground Up
Copyright © 2000
by Roy Scheele
Lone Willow Press

A bright spotlight on the crowded stage of contemporary poetry. — Ted Kooser


Noticing
Copyright © 1979
by Roy Scheele
Three Sheets Press

Scheele's overall subject and method are pastoral and urban-pastoral...[but he] is capable of sometimes going for his subjects to history or art, as in his very fine poem "Lion Lying Down," in which the subject of a Rembrandt painting is brought to life. — Mordecai Marcus, "18 New Poems by Roy Scheele," Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star (July 29, 1979)
I liked to watch the poems unfold, like calligraphic writing. The images are clear — a blown paper bag, a hinge of light, ferns, crows and cottonwoods. The poems are not greedy for weight, but they are substantive. The success of the book lies in a sort of understatement, of great feeling right under the surface of ease. The great feeling is mostly great love. — Margaret Hasse, "Let's Hear It for Simplicity," A View from the Loft (June 1980)


Pointing Out the Sky
Copyright © 1986
by Roy Scheele
Sandhills Press

Roy Scheele's new book, which is Volume 3 in Sandhills Press' Plains Poetry Series, is probably the best collection of poems ever published by a Nebraska writer. More than that, it establishes Scheele as one of the most impressive younger poets in North America today. ... Least egocentric of poets, Scheele strikes the universal note. Without being written down or straining after popularity, his poems achieve the charm of a classical simplicity and lucidity. They are also thoughtful and subtle, though Scheele is more a perceptual poet than an intellectual one. His poems take the stuff of everyday life on the Great Plains, observe it closely and relate it to something familiar to everyone: the need for meaning, imagination, and quiet strength. ... Pointing Out the Sky convinces us that taken-for-grantedness is death, and that life, the permanent quickening of the spirit, comes when we pay the ordinary things of life the respect of loving and undistracted observation. — Robert Beum, Lincoln Journal-Star (September 28, 1986)


The Sea-Ocean
Copyright © 1981
by Roy Scheele
Annex 21 #3

There is little interest in the panoramic sweep of prairie here, except perhaps in the title poem. The focus is on the "thing out there," on a work glove in a garage window, stanchions in a barn, a single house, two blades of dill, a grapevine. ... In this kind of poetry the challenge is to see the subject clearly and focus one's vision; the danger is that the subject suggests nothing beyond itself. Scheele avoids this sort of photographic realism very well, especially in poems like "Winter Onions," "Spring Greens," and "Six O'Clock Report." — Frederick M Link, "Poems by Roy Scheele," Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star (April 5, 1981)


The Voice We Call Human
Copyright © 1991
by Roy Scheele
Juniper Press

Roy Scheele's latest chapbook, handset and elegantly printed on fine paper, contains 19 poems by a poet at the top of his form. Other short collections came out in 1974, 1979, and 1981, and in 1985, a large collection, Pointing Out the Sky, was published. His work can be found in many periodicals, including The Sewanee Review, Poetry Northwest, and Commonweal. One of his finest poems, "The Lookout," a narrative of more than 230 lines in blank verse, appeared in the summer 1990 issue of Prairie Schooner. This poem and Scheele's other publications suggest the caliber and range of his accomplishments. Although these recent poems are all short (the longest is 15 lines), the small scale belies their weight and richness. — Graham Duncan, "Reviews," Potato Eyes (Summer/Fall 1992)

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