Human Achievements by Lauren Hunter


“HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS is full of friends, aching, bleeding, feeling fine, the city, and listening. You know the right song can change everything, and can be a conduit for energy or rage? ‘I look the day right in the eye and tell it to go fuck itself.’ The right song can also turn you into a ghost.” — Amy Lawless

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“I feel so happy about this book of poetry by Lauren Hunter, ‘this unremarkable bloom’ whose key words are ‘human’ and ‘achievement.’ At a time when human is being cast as ‘without anything,’ Hunter’s poems remind us that efforts toward beauty, toward imperfect and beautiful thinking, is to be in an actual ‘human’ place, and that the reason one goes there is in order to love. HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS and the poetry writing it will inspire in me and others will be a barricade against the rapid loss of the human I crave, the human that I’ve taken pleasure in, a human that, without the defense of poets like Lauren Hunter, is ever, in every nanosecond, accelerating toward extinction.” —Rachel Levitsky

Lauren Hunter is a poet, editor and educator living in Durham, North Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry from The New School and is the managing editor for the experimental translation press Telephone. Lauren is the co- founder/curator of Electric Pumas, an occasional reading series/web presence interested in promoting multimedia art by women. Her chapbook, My Own Fires, was released by Brothel Books in 2011. HUMAN ACHIEVEMENTS is her first book.

Human Achievements by Lauren Hunter
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