Regardless of whether they tickle funny bones or bang them into cabinet doors, the courtly poems in Lovely, Raspberry leave readers in stitches (or in need of them). They are disconcerting treats from one of the unique brains of American verse. Aaron Belz was the founder and curator of the Observable Readings series in St. Louis from 2003-2008 and taught at various universities in the area. He currently lives in Arcadia, CA, and teaches at Providence Christian College. He is also the author of The Bird Hoverer.