Glass focuses on two events: the death of a close friend of the narrator’s in an accident in Mexico, and a mysterious illness that left her unable to walk for much of the next year. From there the book roams outwards and inwards, over memories from other times and places including Mexico City, and various towns in the state of Jalisco, Mexico, as well as Brisbane, Australia, where the narrator returns for medical treatment.

“When I read Rose Hunter’s poetry I am immersed in the flow of her music, as if the conscious world is an intensely coloured envelope of experience: wonder mixed with something dark and unpredictable. Anyone who can say “a cantaloupe is the fruit equivalent of a lobster” has my full attention.
—Angela Gardner, Editor, foam:e

“Rose Hunter’s poems decentre the speaking subject, shifting position from the absurd to the oneiric, from the colourful streets of Mexico to Brisbane. Part-diary, part-confession, glass is a delicate and resilient collection, a hybrid language answering poetry’s questions of memory and desire.”
—Michelle Cahill, Editor, Mascara Literary Review

“Her poetry has something of the complicated, delicate tracery of the cover photograph, reflected and split by kaleidoscope. … These are highly polished and controlled poems wielded with great skill and a consequent audacity that comes from getting it right.”
—Angela Gardner, full review at foam:e

“The rarity of end-stopped lines and the way in which Hunter positions the sentences across the page accentuates the free associative design of her syntax. … Glass in many ways reads like one extended poem.”
—Kishore Ryan, full review at Cordite

“With a wounded yet resilient drifter surfing its pages, this collection of poems is a modern-day gospel of the picaresque.”
Mags Webster, full review at TEXT

“The poems seemed to be wrestled out of personal experiences which were themselves a continuous wrestling with relationships, dislocation, addiction and illness.”
—Martin Duwell, full review at the Australian Poetry Review (a review of Anchorage with quite a bit on glass as well)

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

“balloons” in Verity La
“el edén” in Mascara
“glass,” “compostela,” & “bajío” in Bareknuckle Poet

Released December 2017.
Five Islands Press.
* Five Island Press has since shut down, and the book has gone out of print. However, the site has been archived, and you can now download a free pdf of the full book, at the link above.
* I also have a small number of print copies to sell privately. They are $20 AUD + postage. If you’d like a signed copy of the print book, email me,