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Ripening
Ripening
by Paul Hunter
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Ripening
by Paul Hunter
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Paul Hunter has been poet, teacher, performer, playwright, musician, instrument-maker, artist, editor, publisher, grassroots arts activist, worker on the land, and shade-tree mechanic. For the past twelve years he has produced fine letterpress books under the imprint of Wood Works—currently including 23 books and 50 broadsides. His poems have appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Bloomsbury Review, Iowa Review, North American Review, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Raven Chronicles and The Southern Review, as well as in three full-length books and several chapbooks. Recipient of the 1998 Pym Cup, the 1999 Nelson Bentley Award, and the 2005 Washington State Book Award, he lives and works in Seattle.

For a long time I thought I had only one note, the elegiac—speaking well at funerals, barefoot in the rubble of the past. But then realized that was a stall, a dodge, and getting on with one's life entails savoring the present moment while squishing one's toes in the muck of history, smacking one’s lips over the memorable meal, praising what the cook forgot to season, singing even on an empty stomach. And further further, piling crib and love-nest and sickbed with music and jokes and stories and edible tidbits—all of which go into making good poems, that together might conjure the world to come, the world lost.

So I endlessly seek ways to let the life within greet the life without us. Reaching behind and ahead. And admit to a craving in each piece to make the reader laugh and cry, and do a few steps of the dance.