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"Nightscapes" is a collection of poems by Evan Michael Welcher, a writer and pastor from Glenwood, Iowa. His poetry explores grief, hope, and new love in a way that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Welcher is a fresh voice in the world of poetry - tender, devastating, and hilarious. You will want a copy for yourself, and one to give to a friend. "Nightscapes" is a collection of poems by Evan Michael Welcher, a writer and pastor from Glenwood, Iowa. His poetry explores grief, hope, and new love in a way that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Welcher is a fresh voice in the world of poetry - tender, devastating, and hilarious. You will want a copy for yourself, and one to give to a friend.


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"Nightscapes" is a collection of poems by Evan Michael Welcher, a writer and pastor from Glenwood, Iowa. His poetry explores grief, hope, and new love in a way that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Welcher is a fresh voice in the world of poetry - tender, devastating, and hilarious. You will want a copy for yourself, and one to give to a friend. "Nightscapes" is a collection of poems by Evan Michael Welcher, a writer and pastor from Glenwood, Iowa. His poetry explores grief, hope, and new love in a way that will have you laughing one moment and crying the next. Welcher is a fresh voice in the world of poetry - tender, devastating, and hilarious. You will want a copy for yourself, and one to give to a friend.

30 review for Nightscapes: poetry from the depths

  1. 4 out of 5

    Barnabas Piper

    Brilliant imagery, evocative and clever and deep and earthy. Some of these poems quite literally took my breath with their power and clarity and poignancy. Welcher is amazing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura Kauffman

    Just when you think you know what to expect from a book of poetry, Welcher throws you a curveball. With not a cliché in sight, he weaves an evocative collection that crosses into the realms of fantasy, memoir, romance, and comedy. One moment, I was chuckling at hash-tagged titles (go #TeamWookie!). Then next, I was weeping over Tangled. It takes guts to write with sorrow and humor; it takes skill to do it well. Welcher excels at both. His unique voice and creative storytelling make this book a mu Just when you think you know what to expect from a book of poetry, Welcher throws you a curveball. With not a cliché in sight, he weaves an evocative collection that crosses into the realms of fantasy, memoir, romance, and comedy. One moment, I was chuckling at hash-tagged titles (go #TeamWookie!). Then next, I was weeping over Tangled. It takes guts to write with sorrow and humor; it takes skill to do it well. Welcher excels at both. His unique voice and creative storytelling make this book a must-read. His humor and honesty make it a must-own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aarik Danielsen

    The Dude ... I mean, The Beast, abides in E.M. Welcher's poetry. Woolly and wonderfully weird, these verses aren't afraid of heaving grief yet leaven their seriousness with an askew sense of humor and consistent desire for adventure. Turn the pages and feel yourself go wild. The Dude ... I mean, The Beast, abides in E.M. Welcher's poetry. Woolly and wonderfully weird, these verses aren't afraid of heaving grief yet leaven their seriousness with an askew sense of humor and consistent desire for adventure. Turn the pages and feel yourself go wild.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Eric Schumacher

    I assume you're familiar with the legendary Three Wolf Moon t-shirt said to possess magical powers. Imagine that shirt, except it's a book of poems. And instead of three wolves, it has one. And instead of being useful for finding a soul mate with which to share swigs of Mountain Dew at Walmart, it provides profound observations about all aspects of life. And instead of being tacky, it's beautiful. And instead of being a men's novelty clothing item, it's something you'll return to after one use. If I assume you're familiar with the legendary Three Wolf Moon t-shirt said to possess magical powers. Imagine that shirt, except it's a book of poems. And instead of three wolves, it has one. And instead of being useful for finding a soul mate with which to share swigs of Mountain Dew at Walmart, it provides profound observations about all aspects of life. And instead of being tacky, it's beautiful. And instead of being a men's novelty clothing item, it's something you'll return to after one use. If you can imagine that, you can imagine this book. Pros: - quality poems that don't take themselves too seriously - nothing cliche - laugh one page, cry the next - pulls no punches making insightful observations about life, death, grief, joy, cardigan sweaters, dogs, faith, doubt, church, and wrinkles - black and grey cover with a wolf and a full moon make it a book of poetry suitable for even the most fragile biblical manhood warrior to carry without significant embarrassment - Significant romantic results. I read three poems aloud to my wife two weeks ago. We've had six children since then. I now read the poems silently. - My IQ rose 45 points, bringing it back up to what it was before I read the Twilight saga. Cons: - Not covered in wolf hide (real or imitation) - Only one wolf on the cover. Probably could have fit another on the back cover. - Author picture features a mountain range but no wolves (other than the author) - Does not show off the authors guns in a tank top, nor his sweet hatchet-throwing skills - The cover does not glow in the dark. Ground your espresso fine, like the poems in this book, like the detail on a three wolf moon t-shirt, like the primal full-moon beast that lives in you and be prepared to howl.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Murray

    These poems made me laugh and cry. Short, moving, sorrowful yet rejoicing, these poems take you to the place of his pain and the hope in resurrection.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily Zell

    This is a quick read and full of honest images of grief and wrestling with God.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Manwella Toma

    I’m not normally one to read through poetry books, but I’m so glad I made the exception with Nightscapes. The imagery and emotion Evan uses are simple yet extremely powerful. The poems are real, raw, sometimes painful, and full of hope for what is to come. Some favourites: SURROUNDED BY BOOKS NOTHING NEW UNEMPLOYED HUSH CRUCIFIED GLASSES

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mr.

    (review coming later)

  9. 5 out of 5

    Curt Mize

    There isn’t a single syllable in this volume that lacks originality. Welcher is spectacularly unpredictable, weaving crushing grief together with wry humor, wit, yearning, and earnest joy. It’s a wild ride from start to finish, and one I plan on returning to again and again.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Derek Coller

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. "I can't find the answers in my books, so I turned to writing them." This line resonates in every piece of this work. Evan Welcher explores the raw, wild, and delicate emotions of life and death, weaving them within tales of werewolves & dragons, old houses & itchy eared mutts, and even a touching piece about Santa as a garbage man. If any of this sounds silly, it's far from it. These figments of imagination are dripping with the weight and pain of reality. Evan invites us to mourn with him as he e "I can't find the answers in my books, so I turned to writing them." This line resonates in every piece of this work. Evan Welcher explores the raw, wild, and delicate emotions of life and death, weaving them within tales of werewolves & dragons, old houses & itchy eared mutts, and even a touching piece about Santa as a garbage man. If any of this sounds silly, it's far from it. These figments of imagination are dripping with the weight and pain of reality. Evan invites us to mourn with him as he explores the unimaginable. Or as he says: "Show Me The Haunts & Hallows In Your Head" At times we get lost in the absurdity, but then we're struck with lines that remind us reality is really what's absurd. "this picture won't hurt you a bit, only me, all the days from this one to that, 'til they bury me next to you." "I'd break everything in this house of mourning, Were these things not of you." "As cars fly by, he muses that when he meets Jesus, he'll have enough tears to wash His feet, but not enough hair to dry them." Even in the midst of the unimaginable, Evan invites us to hope with him in the Jesus who defies our imaginations. "Held together by bailing wire & religion." "Can you tame a monster?" Pick it up and see for yourself.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shaneen Thompson

    Did I expect to find Star Wars hashtags, Bill Nye, or a love poem using a metaphor about chili in this book? No, no I did not, but that's what I got, and more. This heartfelt collection will repeatedly punch you in the gut, but also offers smiles of amusement, joy, and hope. These poems express the deep sorrow and rage that you scream into the darkness, the bittersweet memories that fill the night, (some of the strange rabbit holes your thoughts dive down in the wee hours of the morning), and the Did I expect to find Star Wars hashtags, Bill Nye, or a love poem using a metaphor about chili in this book? No, no I did not, but that's what I got, and more. This heartfelt collection will repeatedly punch you in the gut, but also offers smiles of amusement, joy, and hope. These poems express the deep sorrow and rage that you scream into the darkness, the bittersweet memories that fill the night, (some of the strange rabbit holes your thoughts dive down in the wee hours of the morning), and the hope that comes with the break of dawn. These poems uncover the adventure in the mundaneness of everyday life and the beauty that can be found alongside great sorrow. Once you pick up this beautiful collection, you won't be able to put it down, and you'll read your favourites over and over to soak in the poignancy of Welcher's words. Awooo!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Brandon H.

    Poetry isn't at the top of my list when it comes to my reading interests but after reading the rave reviews I thought I'd give this one a look. I must say the rave reviews are well deserved! The author expresses his grief, struggles, and laments over the loss of his beloved wife in a way that grabs your heart and gives it a good wringing. But while the lamenting is throughout the book, this book isn't depressing at all. The author muses about a variety of topics. I loved his sense of humor and h Poetry isn't at the top of my list when it comes to my reading interests but after reading the rave reviews I thought I'd give this one a look. I must say the rave reviews are well deserved! The author expresses his grief, struggles, and laments over the loss of his beloved wife in a way that grabs your heart and gives it a good wringing. But while the lamenting is throughout the book, this book isn't depressing at all. The author muses about a variety of topics. I loved his sense of humor and his creative mind. He had me laughing out loud and at times spell-bound. My favorite of the bunch was probably his poem entitled, "Enter the Dragon" but there were a lot of great others. I will return to this little book often and I will be on the look out for more. Man! I hope he writes some more!!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Hannah Carr

    Before I ever knew ... what 2020 would bring, I committed to read more poetry this year. I’m pretty lousy at reading poetry, to be honest. But I’ve been getting better! My enthusiasm is there, but my depth in poetry is shallow. So I was excited to expand my horizons and dig into his new collection. The thing that I appreciate so much about Evan Welcher as an author is that his tone often resonates with my outlook on life: a sometimes absurd but never absurdist blend of solemnity, weightiness of s Before I ever knew ... what 2020 would bring, I committed to read more poetry this year. I’m pretty lousy at reading poetry, to be honest. But I’ve been getting better! My enthusiasm is there, but my depth in poetry is shallow. So I was excited to expand my horizons and dig into his new collection. The thing that I appreciate so much about Evan Welcher as an author is that his tone often resonates with my outlook on life: a sometimes absurd but never absurdist blend of solemnity, weightiness of staring loss in the eyes, whimsical, dry humor... And especially, a white knuckle grip on our Savior’s promises.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Candice Kraus

    I've been struggling with so much general lament during these past few months. I have enjoyed what Evan has written in the past, but I didn't know if I could handle more "deep" things. This was exactly the collection of poems I needed. His words are perfect to give me a true sense of an event I have never experienced, but also to give me words to deal with the grief that I am also experiencing. And I think that's the mark of a great poet. To open up a world you don't know, but to also help you m I've been struggling with so much general lament during these past few months. I have enjoyed what Evan has written in the past, but I didn't know if I could handle more "deep" things. This was exactly the collection of poems I needed. His words are perfect to give me a true sense of an event I have never experienced, but also to give me words to deal with the grief that I am also experiencing. And I think that's the mark of a great poet. To open up a world you don't know, but to also help you make sense of the one that you are in. I'm grateful for this book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cbarrett

    powerful use of language and spacing. Emotional depth cloaked in poetic beauty.

  16. 4 out of 5

    David

    I read almost no poetry so take my review with that in mind. That being said I really enjoyed this book. The poems are in a simple clear style that made me feel when I read them. Some were silly and made me laugh or roll my eyes. Then the next ones would make me want to cry. I’d really recommend this even if you are new to this whole poetry thing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelli Lage

  18. 4 out of 5

    Braxton Weaver

  19. 5 out of 5

    Laura Spaulding

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Welcher

  21. 4 out of 5

    N.K. Carlson

  22. 5 out of 5

    Aimee

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chelsey

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kristin

  25. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Johnson

  26. 4 out of 5

    Manny Prieto

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Moeller

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steven Robertson

  29. 5 out of 5

    Franki

  30. 5 out of 5

    DT

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