The poetry of Simple Gestures shifts the landscape beneath the reader's feet. The planet is the poet's terrain. Kuntz introduces the redolent smell of a Saigon market, then guides us to a Japanese hot bath. The lined hands of an old woman in Brooklyn give way to a class mouthing familiar vowels in a Philippine refugee camp. From the exotic to the everyday, survival- physical and emotional- is the filament that binds disparate worlds to each other. Personal and cultural ties are slashed and refastened, giving readers poetry of the heart and spirit.
LAURIE KUNTZ worked in a Vietnamese refugee camp in the Philippines for more than a decade. Currently a lecturer in English at the University of Maryland's Asian campus in Misawa, Japan, she is the author of two English-as-a-Second-Language books and editor of the University of Maryland's Asian Division literary magazine, Blue Muse. Her poetry has been published in Bloomsbury Review, Louisville Review, Charlotte Poetry Review, Roanoke Review, Southern Poetry Review, New Virginia Review, and Contemporary Review, among others.
What Readers Are Saying:
"Laurie Kuntz has what all true poets have, intensity and a passion for living. These poems tell us this is a person worth following as her attention moves through the ordinary day. Her language is crisp, purposeful, and a delight to the ear. Simple Gestures will be one readers want on their shelves, as I want it on mine." --Dave Smith