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KEEPING THEM ALIVE
THE LOVE OF UNREAL THINGS
POSTCARDS ON PARCHMENT
UNBOUND AND BRANDED




Keeping Them Alive
Copyright © 2010
by Christine Stewart-Nuñez
WordTech Communications

Christine Stewart-Nuñez succeeds in bringing both life and death into convergence in this marvelously vivid, intimate, and alive-as-flesh mandala of poems, as she deals with the mixed emotions connected to the death of her sister and the birth of her son: anger, fear, curiosity, mystery, joy and sadness. These poems invite us to participate in a circle dance, framed by earth and sky, rain and drought, creation and destruction, and they leave us in the end with a well-earned sense of wholeness and completion of spirit. — Freya Manfred, author of Swimming With A Hundred Year Old Snapping Turtle

Christine Stewart-Nuñez puts her poet-ear on the pulse of human experience and listens hard. These poems are filled with the sensual, energetic meditations of a woman envelopped in the world of new mothering as she mourns the loss of her distant sister with a steady, tender eye. — Dorianne Laux, author of Facts about the Moon

Christine Stewart-Nuñez’s blue-hued poems in Keeping Them Alive are a series of ravishments: ravishments of grief, birth, beauty. The speaker in these poems repeatedly surrenders herself to blossoming, to an opening into loss, into motherhood, into presence and attentiveness. Intertwining memories of an older sister lost tragically within an uneasy family dynamic, with the voluptuous rapture and terror of a first pregnancy, these poems confront various forms of rupture and repair in the "full turn" of organic cycles and processes, as well as the more human creative acts of braiding and stitching — the poems themselves, in one sense, functioning on a meta level as a similar cycle of rupture and repair. The book moves toward increased clarity, like a Polaroid coming into focus, braiding together gorgeous convergences of pain and joy in unflinchingly chiseled language and stunning images. — Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of On the Cusp of a Dangerous Year



The Love of Unreal Things
Copyright © 2005
by Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Finishing Line Press

Poetry flies beyond the facts of history to touch the mystery within. The poems of Christine Stewart-Nuñez clearly have been born of the meeting of her own spirit with the story of Catherine of Siena. Catherine, I think, would be pleased. — Suzanne Noffke, OP, translator of the works of Catherine of Siena

Christine Stewart-Nuñez's poems about Catherine of Siena are stunning, brave, and original, taking on one of religion and history's most loved yet, to my mind, least understood figures, bringing her to life on the page, giving her voice and making her human. The poems are full of the sensual delights of body and as well as the weight of the soul, each poem deftly wrought to reveal a world both real and transcendent. The Love of Unreal Things is a work that will change your life. — jesse Lee Kercheval, author of Dog Angel



Postcards on Parchment
Copyright © 2008
by Christine Stewart-Nuñez
ABZ Press

Product Description Postcard on Parchment is a evocative and emotional collection of finely crafted poems recounting the experiences of the author as a teacher in Turkey. It was selected by David Baker as the prize-winning entry in the 2007 ABZ Poetry Contest. — from the pubilsher



Unbound and Branded
Copyright © 2005
by Christine Stewart-Nuñez
Finishing Line Press

The iconic image of supermodel Kate Moss is the focal point of Unbound & Branded. — from the publisher


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