The Father of the Arrow is the Thought
Published by Octopus Books, 2015
The Father of the Arrow is the Thought was published by Octopus Books in 2015. Locating themselves in a series of varied physiographic settings, the poems in this book illuminate the tragic reality of our imaginations: that our bodies lag behind our minds; that our physical forms can never go so far as we think, dream, or say. But this is not simply a book of elegy and woe. Drawing upon Paul Klee's theory of "creative kinetics," the idea of art defying physical laws through the use of symbolic, visionary, or transcendent imaginative acts, DeWeese presses past lament, unmoving something strange and complicated amidst "the uncharted lands / I keep discovering inside / no, behind me,/ where my bones I throw."
Praise for The Father of the Arrow is the Thought
"Resistant to mere pronouncements of beauty and morality, The Father of the Arrow Is the Thought is a dense, hallucinatory collection of postmodern pastorals that asks what nature means in our ambivalent, consumerist age marked by ecological ruin and the loss of myth’s enchantments." - Plume Poetry
"When I read Christopher DeWeese’s second book, The Father of the Arrow is the Thought, I feel phenomenal. As in the poems are saturated with the overwhelming inevitability of nature, and the consequence of nature when you’re looking at it for so long, and I am experiencing the natural world, intricately feeling the world known by the “I” or “we” of these poems." -Fanzine
"As suggested in the final long poem, “The Tide,” “it is so easy / not to articulate / what remains underneath the image,” and yet, Deweese is a master of articulating just that. There is so much more here than beautifully characterized land and seascapes, as these poems are not so much preoccupied with physiographical location so much as ownership, sacrifice, and movement." -Devil's Lake
"The poems are speculations, revelations, as if the writer has just been born and cannot believe his good luck; and what can be felt in the screwed up world. He’s a pioneer in his own consciousness." - The Washington Independent Review of Books