Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer
Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer is Tim Stobierski's first collection of poetry, a chapbook published by River Otter Press in 2012.
The poems explore themes of family, poverty, and death — juxtaposed against love and longing, and with a barely-there thread of magic strung throughout.
Lush yet crackling with energy, reportorial but also surreal, Timothy Stobierski’s poems are full of senses and sounds, felt life and imaginative aspiration. If “the human element,” as he sagely comments, is “in the falling,” these poems nonetheless give us much to encourage us to face life’s obstacles. Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer reveals a young talent already mature in its perspective and truly astonishing in its range of reference and sensation.
Nicholas Birns, author of Theory After Theory
Few pleasures compare to reading the work of a former student and hearing the known voice transformed, reinvented by the young poet into something utterly his own. Sinuous in both their lines and their imaginative trajectories, Tim Stobierski’s poems wake the reader with a whisper and entice her with sweet singings and stingings.
V. Penelope Pelizzon, author of Nostos
Often I feel, probably as many others do, that I am a stranger to myself, witnessing my own life from afar. And when I do, I am glad that Tim Stobierski writes poetry, and I hope he will continue to. He is a poet of uncommon empathy. The poems in this collection, his first, speak of poverty, premature death, benumbed inhabitants of Connecticut—they speak with gentleness—not anger—they offer a real sort of comfort, an asphalt warmth.
Darcie Dennigan, author of Madame X
Tim Stobierski’s stunning poetry debut collection, Chronicles of a Bee Whisperer, uses language in its rich nuances and flavors to both investigate personal experience and to transform it into a highly imaginative art. Gifted with inventiveness, intelligence, and a unique voice, this is a poet I want to read more from in the future.
Kyle Hemmings, author of The Truth about Onions