“In Untrussed, Christine Stewart-Nunez explores the risk inherent in daring to love. These are not poems that can be sailed out into the night. They will return to boomerang the heart.”—Vivian Shipley, author of The Poet
“Untrussed is dedicated to the poet’s loves, and we meet them on every page of this tight, entertaining, and complex collection. You might even think it liberating—making good on its title with every word.”—Lisa Lewis, author of The Body Double
“In a wrenchingly difficult and confusing situation, Christine Stewart-Nuñez has found the wherewithal to make not only meaning but beauty out of unremitting challenges. Her ally and her weapon: poetry. Bluewords Greeningpresents, preserves, and enacts awe, curiosity, tenderness, sensuality, and an endless loving engagement with the world. These poems bear witness; they also lull, celebrate, interpret, and play. This book is an inspiring achievement.” —Rachel Hadas, author of Questions in the Vestibule
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Keeping Them Alive
“The 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
“In her rhetoric she is lyrical as well as narrative; in her versification she is free and she is formal; in her chronologies she is linear and she is layered. And with each case her skill feels both subtle and accomplished. In shape and story, in experience and imagination, Postcard on Parchment is a wide-ranging and multifaceted book of poems. Its sympathies reach from the poet’s family to people a world away in time and in cultural circumstance. I appreciate her clarity, her convictions, and her connections—three things our teeming world could use in considerably fuller supply.” —David Baker, author of Midwest Eclogues
We all love the perfection of model Kate Moss whose image is so protein. We love her perfect embodiment of . . . what? Poet Christine Stewart-Nuñez tells us, in a series of ekphrastic poems filled with wit and shaped by an uncommon facility with form. Here’s Kate, always available: the perfect subject, the shaped object. And here, too, is one of our best new poets in an indispensable series for our entertainment, consideration, and distress. Unbound & Branded is brilliant, compassionate and fierce. We need this book. —Hilda Raz, author of TRANS
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
This is a lively and erudite collection, unusual in an especially appealing way: not only are there essays about a range of queens and how they were represented in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, but the book contains modern poetry and short plays about these same queens, allowing a multi-faceted way of understanding and appreciating them.
Action, Influence, and Voice: Contemporary South Dakota Women
Editors: Meredith Redlin, Christine Stewart-Nunez and Julie M. Barst
This collaboration presents women’s work in the form of creative and scholarly writing as well as in original interviews with women leaders. This new collection highlights South Dakota’s women activists, promotes women’s participation on the important issues facing our state, and inspires us all through the diversity of women’s creative expression.