Praise for A ROOM FULL OF TREES
What a wonderful book this is, written by someone with a glorious ear, a powerful gift for image, and enough grief to fill five volumes.
A ROOM FULL of TREES is a singular combination of emotional restraint and lush linguistic performance. I have nothing but an immense admiration for what Robert Walicki has achieved in this exceptional first work.
Robert Walicki explores the spaces between touch, whether comforting or abusive, as well as the spaces in which touch is impossible. In crystalline language that—like Frost unbound from rhyme—borrows from yet transcends the vernacular and draws striking comparisons between nature and human experience, Walicki invites us to two very different wakes, scenes of childhood innocence lost, and a house that continues to exist only in imagination. Mourning for a father gone too soon is evoked in the making of a scarecrow: “She doesn’t know I’m building a man,/stuffing him with dead things—/Hay on a stacked pile, loose shoots of grass/cut to exactness.” A Room Full of Trees is a haunting and accomplished debut.
Robert Walicki's work has appeared in Stone Highway Review, Pittsburgh City Paper, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Transient Publishing. Most recently, he has won second runner up in Finishing Line Press' Open Chapbook Competition in 2013. He lives in Verona PA where he curates a monthly reading series, VERSIFY.
Carl Bernard Huelsman started drawing in his late teens and became passionate about digital illustrations while attending the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, where he received a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Arts. In 2013, he co-founded AskTell Agency, a communications firm focused on the lesbian and gay community. Carl is also a co-host on the Creative Briefs podcast, an Internet radio show that interviews creative professionals about their attitudes, philosophies, and processes. Since 2008, he has created "corporate art” pieces for Net Health, a Pittsburgh-based medical software company, where the art showcases the company’s corporate culture.
Carl's artist portfolio is available at https://www.behance.net/carlhuelsman.