Any Dumb Animal (Main Street Rag, 2021), the debut poetry collection by AE Hines, presents a memoir-in-verse as told by a gay man raised in the rural South who comes of age during the AIDS crisis. Flashing back and forth in time, a cast of recurring characters and circumstances are woven into a rich tale of survival and redemption, exploring one man’s life as a queer son, father, and husband, over a span of more than thirty years.
Years later, in college, drunk
on cheap beer, I call home to tell
my father, he is a son-of-a-bitchPHONE CALL
(@MainStreetRag, November 2021, 80 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 24 June 2021 via @PoeticBookTours)
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This is a new poet for me. I thought Any Dumb Animal was great. I couldn’t stop reading the poems once I started because they spoke to me and completely engaged with me. I enjoyed the variety of poems even though some of them shared the same themes and ideas the execution and style used was very different so each poem was a surprise. The poems move through time and explore the poet’s life, sexuality and identity while also shining a light on wider-reaching themes and ideas. This is a terrific collection from a talented poet.