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Praise for Adam in the Garden

Adam in the Garden

Transforms simple, everyday acts into tender and moving lyrics, offering surprising journeys and closing lines that continue to inspire. In this book, we find a poet willing to risk sentimentality without collapsing into sentiment. A seeker willing to risk blasphemy in his personal search for truth.  ~ Dorianne Laux, Pulitizer finalist and author of Life on Earth  

Playful and adept in their workings, these poems are portals to hidden rooms, fields, galaxies. Even if they begin with pigeon, airplane, beloved, we find ourselves led to the Garden of All Things, the primordial place of loss and desire, taking our own bite of the apple. ~ Danusha Laméris, author of Bonfire Opera

Hines has a gift for describing the natural world in this latter-day garden: the pigeon’s “steel / petticoat and gray patrician gown”; the tulip “boozy and voluptuous”; “a dawn congregation / of ravens” in snow. Adam in the Garden is a subtle, skillful collection.  ~ Randall Mann, author of Deal

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