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Stranger by Emily Hunt

Stranger by Emily Hunt

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Stranger, Emily Hunt's long-awaited follow-up to her acclaimed debut collection of poems, intimately chronicles the effects of love, labor, and grief on the life and sensibility of an artist. These poems shed a shifting light on the peculiar textures of our era. Hunt treads with concision, vigor, and excitement, addressing directly lived experiences––from the mundane to the profound. Whether it’s her curious interactions with dating apps, 19th century political speeches, dizzying corporate communication, or emails from her schizophrenic brother, the exact details and use of language in these poems become almost elemental, making an urgent record of the present. Stranger blurs the boundary between life and art—“The things that happened / bled into the language we exchanged.”—with the crystalline touch and nuance of a truly gifted writer.

"In Stranger, the gorgeous follow-up to her first collection Dark Green, Emily Hunt betrays a Schuyler-esque commitment to dailiness. To all of it: to memory and the great infinite void of the present moment, to that which wounds us and that which nurtures us, to agony and boredom and sweetness, equally to the blooming life of flowers and the “bad bloom” of waged work. These poems are electric with pleasure."

–Sara Nicholson

 

Emily Hunt is the author of the poetry collection Dark Green and the chapbook Company. She has also published two books of art: Cousins, a collection of photo prints, and This Always Happens, a series of drawings and short texts. She lives in New York. More info at emilyrhunt.org and @emilyhunt_poet.

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