St. Paul writes “the foolishness of God is wiser than men.” The poems in William Wenthe’s God’s Foolishness mine the feelings of human uncertainty in matters of love and desire, time and death, and uncover difficult truths with transformative insights.
These are poems of crisis. Wenthe examines our conflicting urges to see nature as sustenance and to foolishly destroy it. His poems shift from close observation to panorama with cinematic fluidity, from a tea mug to an ancient monument, from a warbler on an elm branch to the specter of imminent natural disaster.
Offering passion and intellect balanced with a careful concern for poetic craft, Wenthe’s God’s Foolishness gives us fine poems to savor and admire.
Parable of a Birthday
A Cedar in Paris
A Lesser Story
Between the Lines
When the Circus Comes
The Assistant District Attorney Quits His Job
The Night Shift
Stopping in Artesia
From the Footbridge
Consider the Hagfish
“The Land’s End”
In Praise of Angus
For the Coming Catastrophes
The Man Who Confuses Sex with Love
Hospital Room, 1 A. M.
Error upon Me Proved
In the Place Des Vosges
If I’m Reading You Right, Immanuel
Impromptu Novena in Mid-September
William Wenthe was born and raised in New Jersey, the youngest of a family of nine children. He is the author of Words before Dawn, Not Till We Are Lost, and Birds of Hoboken. He lives in Texas with his wife and daughter and teaches poetry at Texas Tech University.