Honorable Mention Winner-- Writer's Digest 2000 Self-Published Book Award for Poetry
This collection of poems offers poetry that covers a variety of topics in a variety of styles. Many, such as "Seconds on Earth" achieve a quiet, imagistic quality of the ancient Chinese poets, yet others succeed in an easy narrative voice. Hafker raises questions about human relationships and often offers unique and interesting answers. I was most impressed by the images in this collection. They are visceral and evocative and so often, intensely imaginative. In the poem "Innocence" the speaker decides to plant himself in the yard and waits for it to take him over, and in "Kitchen Window" Hafker describes an intimate scene with delicacy and gentleness, leaving the reader to wonder where a gentle touch might lead. Mature and controlled, this collection offers something for every reader.
Writer's Digest, August 2001 (Printed with permission. All rights reserved.)
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Eric Hafker holds a B.A. and M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing from Queens College, City University of New York, and was the recipient of its 1990 James E. Kreuzer Poetry Prize. He also studied at the Goethe Institute in Murnau, Germany. He is most recently an Honorable Mention winner of the Writer's Digest 2000 Self-Published Book Award for Poetry.Review:
"The poems in this first collection show Eric Hafker's unique perceptions as he encounters life in the contemporary world. He marvels at the ordinary with a mixture of emotion and innocence. A fine use of imagery pervades the verse." -- Stephen Marino, St. Francis College
"The poems that comprise Eric Hafker's first collection, BARE, are sensuous, studious, and visceral. By juxtaposing cold logic with wild imagination, Hafker presents a unique world where metaphor and reality seamlessly merge. The poems in this collection are stripped of pretension and decoration, and speak straight to the heart. Hafker eloquently demonstrates that poetry need not cloak itself in ambiguity to achieve universal significance. BARE confirms Hafker's promise as a young poet whose work is worthy of serious consideration." -- Timothy Monaghan, Editor & Publisher, The Ledge Magazine
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Book Description Open Umbrellas Press, 1999. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110967470005