Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Book Review: Any Dumb Animal by AE Hines


If you appreciate memoirs-in-verse, then you must pre-order a copy of Any Dumb Animal by AE Hines. 

This moving collection of poems wanders through the past and present of a life marked by hurt, rejection, pain, love, acceptance, parenting, aging, and illness to rise above and courageously share those experiences with us all. Word after word and line by line, Hines rips off the bandages, lets the wounds bleed again, and captures that raw emotion so many of us have no idea how to channel. In this brave and inspiring collection, Hines gives voice to the voiceless and understanding to the misunderstood. 

While what the author shares is deeply personal, his words will resonate with many. The pain of harsh words spoken by a parent, the fear of being found out, the joy of simple every day memories with our children and the hurt when they lash out, the sorrow of love lost and the excitement and terror of starting over, and so much more is found within these pages.

"A Note to the School Registrar" is one of my favorites from Any Dumb Animal. I won't tell you what it is about, so that the effect isn't lost once you read it, but it reminds me that some struggle with things I can't comprehend, yet need to understand and be conscious of. 

Any Dumb Animal by AE Hines shows how beautiful language can be in the hands of a real master. 

With every pre-sale purchase of Any Dumb Animal by A.E. Hines between June and November 2021, a group of anonymous donors will match dollar for dollar each sale and donate it to The Trevor Project.

The Trevor Project was founded in 1998 and is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.

The publisher also is offering a limited time advanced sale price of $8.50 + shipping. Order here:

I received a digital copy of this book through Poetic Book Tours. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.


Savvy Verse & Wit said...

Thank you so much for being on the blog tour for this one. Your review is wonderful.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for allowing me the chance to read this fabulous collection.