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Joyride is a triumph!

A beautifully written book, fizzing with marvelous imagery, energy, joie de vivre. Not to be missed!

Joyride

(Red Moon Press, 2021)
93 pgs. 6″ X 9″. Perfect bound.

Joyride is a triumph! This is a remarkably sure-footed and continuously entertaining collection. Hambrick’s similes are fresh, and knowing that they are coming does not ever quite prepare the reader for what’s around the corner. In Hambrick’s work, the prose is all flash and noose tight, while the poems are calm and steadily understated. And the whole thing hangs together like the first ninety-nine years of the deacon’s masterpiece.”

– John Stevenson, author of emoji moon

“A beautifully written book, fizzing with marvelous imagery, energy, joie de vivre. A joyride indeed, where experiences such as biting into watermelon sweetness, or feeling the highway wind through the open car window, are lifted above the mundane. Hambrick takes us on journeys filled with humanity, humor, insight, loss, and renewal. Crisp and refreshingly clear, her uniquely musical voice anchors these multi-layered haibun gems in wonder. Not to be missed!”

 – Stella Pierides, author of Of This World   

“Jennifer Hambrick’s award-winning haibun take us from one place to another, but these tales also traverse the delicate, awkward, and hilarious territory between the seasons of life. Joyride is reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, in search of the inherent goodness in people, despite their circumstances and quirks. Hambrick reiterates that joy is not only a contagious outlook but a reliable tonic – something that our souls need.”

– Cherie Hunter Day, author of apology moon

 

These are poems of fresh air at the beginning of a winter journey, and I breathe them in deep.

Unscathed_photo“In Unscathed, there is a classical sense of what a poem is supposed to be – clean, sharp, in its moment. The collection rings with love throughout, in all its warmth and doubt. And while everything has already been said about love in this world, Hambrick grounds the matter with a fresh palette of questions, longings and unadulterated class. Pound for pound, a great first book of poetry.”

– Scott Woods, author of We Over Here Now

“With an eye for the cherished moment, Jennifer Hambrick captures the essence of love. Each of these poems pauses to look more closely, to reflect and bring to our attention the hope that accompanies the pang of loss and the ache of growing old, the way the body fails and yet the light of the spirit shines on. These are poems of fresh air at the beginning of a winter journey, and I breathe them in deep.”

– Sarah Wells, author of Pruning Burning Bushes

“The poems, delicate yet profound vignettes of childhood and mortality, nature and family, are sketched with a deft hand.”

– Dianne Borsenik, publisher, NightBallet Press

Purchase Unscathed at NightBallet Press or Amazon.