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In this debut collection, Dave Lucas turns and returns to Cleveland, where he was raised. The weather of these poems arises from both the lush light of the natural world and the hard rain of industry. Poem by poem, the book surveys the majesty and ruin of landscape and lakefront, paying tribute to the shifting seasons of a city, of a terrain, and of those who dwell there.


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In this debut collection, Dave Lucas turns and returns to Cleveland, where he was raised. The weather of these poems arises from both the lush light of the natural world and the hard rain of industry. Poem by poem, the book surveys the majesty and ruin of landscape and lakefront, paying tribute to the shifting seasons of a city, of a terrain, and of those who dwell there.

30 review for Weather

  1. 5 out of 5

    Curtis Bozif

    As an artist, I've been making work informed by the Great Lakes for a few years now. I'm always interested in writers who capture in words what I try and capture in my paintings about the Great Lakes: their scale in both size and time is one example. Lorine Neidecker and Jerry Denis are other writers who comes to mind. Lucas is from Cleveland, very near where my wife is from, so that, as well as the fact that he's about my age and that I too come from a working class family and grew up and live As an artist, I've been making work informed by the Great Lakes for a few years now. I'm always interested in writers who capture in words what I try and capture in my paintings about the Great Lakes: their scale in both size and time is one example. Lorine Neidecker and Jerry Denis are other writers who comes to mind. Lucas is from Cleveland, very near where my wife is from, so that, as well as the fact that he's about my age and that I too come from a working class family and grew up and live in the Midwest (St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago), strengthens my affinity for his poems. I can't say enough how surprised and delighted I was by this collection. I'm really looking forward to following this author closely and new collections.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aric Hluch

    I prefer meter and rhythm over free verse, but Dave Lucas's poetry is rather evocative. As a northeast Ohio resident, I thought I was able to feel an intimate connection with the poems in Weather. The language is rich and varied, making each poem somewhat of a challenge to read. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the unconventional verbiage and imagery that Lucas utilizes. I frequently had to look up words and reread many poems to garner a proper appreciation for them. I really enjoyed Lucas's seamless ble I prefer meter and rhythm over free verse, but Dave Lucas's poetry is rather evocative. As a northeast Ohio resident, I thought I was able to feel an intimate connection with the poems in Weather. The language is rich and varied, making each poem somewhat of a challenge to read. Nevertheless, I enjoyed the unconventional verbiage and imagery that Lucas utilizes. I frequently had to look up words and reread many poems to garner a proper appreciation for them. I really enjoyed Lucas's seamless blend of describing rural Ohio with the failed industry of Cleveland. Lucas melds the beauty of nature with the rust and deterioration characteristic of industrialization. His meditations on love, loss, and grief were also heart-wrenching and refreshingly original. I thought his emphasis on nature, human relationships, and the dying industry of a city and location I know all too well made this collection of poems a singular achievement. It feels like Lucas is celebrating as well as lamenting the Buckeye State. I, for one, feel this exact way when reflecting on Ohio.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    My favorite was Lake Erie Monster. I liked the connection between dinosaurs or ancient sea creatures and the mysteries of the deep.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    If you haven't read Weather, you are, quite simply, missing out on one of the great contemporary poets coming into his full strength. Lucas' collection is consistently fresh and insightful, grand in language without feeling pretentious or forced, and his poems are frequently arresting in their beauty. Many accomplish what I feel is the most important work of poetry, which is to reveal the truth of a thing in a way that makes what we thought to be unspeakable intelligible again; "Sophomores" and If you haven't read Weather, you are, quite simply, missing out on one of the great contemporary poets coming into his full strength. Lucas' collection is consistently fresh and insightful, grand in language without feeling pretentious or forced, and his poems are frequently arresting in their beauty. Many accomplish what I feel is the most important work of poetry, which is to reveal the truth of a thing in a way that makes what we thought to be unspeakable intelligible again; "Sophomores" and "They Marvel at the Star" are two of my favorite examples.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Emmy

    Certainly beautiful to read, but oftentimes, the language was a bit too flowery for me, and made it difficult to understand what the poem was trying to convey. Still, I enjoyed the collection overall.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Lithe and lush at the same time. So many here nail what weather is, how it is. I especially love "November" and "Of the Tragedies". Lithe and lush at the same time. So many here nail what weather is, how it is. I especially love "November" and "Of the Tragedies".

  7. 5 out of 5

    Peter Oresick

  8. 4 out of 5

    Karly

  9. 5 out of 5

    JM Romig

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tomj

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alissa Nutting

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan Thompson

  13. 4 out of 5

    Megan Seaman

  14. 4 out of 5

    Gregory

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nick Gardner

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mike Croley

  17. 4 out of 5

    F. Rzicznek

  18. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lacie

  20. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Smith

  21. 4 out of 5

    James Evans Remick

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  23. 4 out of 5

    Troy VanGundy

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kara

  25. 5 out of 5

    Megan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Linwick

  27. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lizzy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kelley O'Brien

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