What is a tree in the middle of a busy city? Is it a representation of a larger nature? Is it just a tree? Does it represent something in us? Who cares about that tree, anyway? These aren't exactly Chris Tonelli's questions, but they seem to be at work in some form early in his poetry book, The Trees Around. It's a book riddled with anxieties and unreconcilable concerns. The poems explore themes of nature, angst, the abstract and the profound, the real and the unreal, the personal and the impersonal, and—not to be forgotten—the existential crises faced each day by a self-aware carnival ride known as Gravitron. Chris is a cofounder and editor of the poetry press, Birds LLC. http://www.birdsllc.com/
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