Anchorage

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Quizzical and full of quizzes—this collection of poems investigates humanity’s often toxic and arrogant relationships to place and wildlife. Subjects tackled include commercialism and subjectivity and individuality in the suburbs, and their nefarious connections under late capitalism and in the long shadow of the climate crisis.

“Anchorage implies a place of safety but isn’t. Nothing is quite what it seems where Hunter’s poetry ventures and observes. It is a moving soundscape taking us who knows where. The gorgeous fish you came across? It’s a killer pufferfish.”
—Angela Gardner

“Anchorage is a mesmeric Wunderkammer, each poem a glass case of curiosities to be marvelled at, pondered, comprehended. The pages twinkle with live-wire language, biting humour and quirky objects (an elephant foot, ivory bagpipes, a neon-sign graveyard, jellyfish chandeliers). As Hunter traverses the globe, searching for ‘a place to inhabit / (her)self,’ the language also meanders bravely, finding its own meaning outside ‘the polish of cut & dried expectations.’ With a deep sense of ecology founded in compassion, Hunter encourages us to renew our connections with the birds, beasts and landscapes of our tortured earth. We exit the Wunderkammer better people: more awake, more aware, more in love with our surroundings.”
—Alison Flett

“Both Anchorage and its predecessor present fascinating challenges and introduce a voice and an approach (or set of approaches) that I haven’t seen in Australian poetry.”
—Martin Duwell, full review at the Australian Poetry Review

Some sample poems from this book that you can read online:

“Puffer” in The Bennington Review
“turkey vulture quiz” & “flamingo quiz,” in Entropy
“Expert judgment on markers” in the Griffith Review

Released November 2020
Buy it from Haverthorn Press (ships from the UK).