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Adam in the Garden

Praise for 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

Select Reviews & Interviews


AE Hines' Adam in the Garden - poetic fluidity, by Mark William NorbyThe Bay Area Reporter, May 2024 


Adam in the Garden Challenges Narratives, Reminds of Magic and Mystery in the Everyday, Southern Review of Books, March 2024


AE Hines’ Adam in the Garden, Reviewed by David E. Poston, Pedestal Magazine, Issue 93, March 2024 

New Poetry from AE Hines Finds Meaning in the Everyday, Charlotte Readers Podcast, February 2024 

An Interview with AE Hines, Palette Poetry, February 2023 

Praise for Any Dumb Animal

"Ultimately shows us the beauty and knowledge made of experience."  ~Richie Hofmann, author of

A Hundred Lovers


"I was amazed over and over at the bravery of these poems..."  ~ James Crews, editor of How to Love the World: Poems of Gratitude and Hope

"Finely crafted, it is a remarkable debut collection" ~ Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita

Select Reviews & Interviews

For Those Who Cannot Yet Speaka review by Melinda Thomsen of Any Dumb Animal, NCLR: Winter 2024


S5:E18 AE Hines chats with Dion O'Reilly, Hive Poetry Collective, June 2023

Interview with AE HinesPsaltery & Lyre, June 2023

Rob Jacques Reviews AE Hines’s Any Dumb Animal, Raven Chronicles Press: October 2022

Write the Book: Conversations on Craft with AE Hines, WBTV-LP 99.3 FM, December 2021

Clear and Sincere, Any Dumb Animal Proves a ComfortGertrude Press, Fall 2021

Book Review: Any Dumb Animal by AE HinesPhiladelphia Stories Magazine, June 2021 



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