You As Poetry, Texture Press, 2013.
Praise for You As Poetry:
“The uncountable layers of our 21st-century identity – in You As Poetry, Rose Hunter makes them visible in a provoking and compassionate collage of the human condition.”
—Dorothee Lang, author of Worlds Apart (Folded Word Press).
“There’s a little hint of Under the Volcano here, in that it’s in Mexico, mostly, and there are some DTs and the like. But minus the violence, little vignettes of daily life viewed extraordinarily. Drily: ‘I saw us there; on the laundry / I was drinking roof / and you were hanging cocktails.’ Dreamlike disjunctions, sequences of images and visions, just being at home in the world of a Chagall painting set in bohemians in Mexico life.”
—Don Riggs, author of Bilateral Asymmetry (Texture Press).
“You As Poetry by Rose Hunter is a polyphonic and sensitive book that invites many readings. Hunter’s poetry is not one tone, and joy is hidden in pages that deal with a serious subject. You should read this book. You will be overwhelmed with how simple turns of phrase can invite layers of elucidation. You will not be disappointed.”
—Andrew Keller, Painted Bride Quarterly.
“Relying on image and an almost stream of consciousness intuition, Ms. Hunter’s poems employ subtlety, wordplay (pale/pail) and quotes from diverse sources (the turkey who lives on the hill from ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’). Many contain word or short phrases in Spanish, either translatable through context or explained in a following line. . . . Written while Ms. Hunter resided in Puerto Vallarta, each poem views the beloved as a disparate object/creature/place. Not a book to be easily digested, each poem, with its strong use of metaphor and simile, unfolds slowly, revealing a bit more with each subsequent reading. Take time to savor these poems.”
—Ann Howells, editor, Illya’s Honey.
“You As Poetry does not disappoint, although she has much to live up to based on her previous work. Besides Rose’s evident poetic style, which happens to be one I find both accessible and stunningly powerful, I especially liked the “thread” running through these poems, the reading of which will be enhanced by starting at the beginning and reading through to the end, avoiding the urge to skip around from one interesting title to another. … There is a strong flavor of Mexico running throughout these poems, much of it about Puerto Vallarta. This book gets my strongest recommendation..”
—Donigan Merritt, author of The Common Bond (Other Press).
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