Posted in 2021, AE Hines, ARC, Blog Tour, First Read, Poetry

#AnyDumbAnimal by @PoetAEHines

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.

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Years later, in college, drunk

on cheap beer, I call home to tell

my father, he is a son-of-a-bitch

PHONE CALL

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(@MainStreetRag, November 2021, 80 pages, ebook, #ARC from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 24 June 2021 via @PoeticBookTours)

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With every pre-sale purchase of Any Dumb Animal by A.E. Hines between June and November 2021, a group of anonymous donors will match dollar for dollar each sale and donate it to The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 and is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

The publisher also is offering a limited time advanced sale price of $8.50 + shipping. Order here: https://mainstreetragbookstore.com/product/any-dumb-animal-ae-hines/.

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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.

Author:

I live in Glasgow in the UK with my partner. I work in the Financial Services. I like reading especially Joyce Carol Oates and Stephen King. I write fiction and poetry. I enjoy watching TV (Grimm, Torchwood, Doctor Who, Lip Service, The L Word etc). I like to play video games and am a fan of survival horror especially the Silent Hill franchise. I like to watch movies especially horror and anything where someone dies.

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