By James Bradley Wells’91
The Sheep Meadow Press, 2013
There is nothing quite like seeing the geographical landscape unfold while on two wheels in the open air, making James Bradley Wells’ debut collection of poetry, Bicycle, so aptly titled.
With a cyclist’s vantage point, his poems explore the physical terrains of his native Midwest and the literary environments of ancient Roman and Greek classics and biblical tales, all while fleshing out the history of a family in flux. Some poems even make reference to Beloit-specific locales, as in “Home Gardening,” and “South Beloit Eclogue,” which mention the Rock River.
“Throughout this carefully constructed romp, on bike or not, Wells is close to the land, his deep companion,” writes author Willis Barnstone.
Wells, a poet, translator, and critic, teaches classical studies at DePauw University in Bloomington, Ind.