- ASIN: B09RQ3TQDR
- Publisher: Mind Tavern Books (1 Feb. 2022)
- Language: English
- Print length: 192 pages
- Genre: American Anti-Poetry Poetry
The BookViral Review:
Stark Hunter gives us American anti-poetry with a twist in his new Opus ‘The Pink Oleanders’, which features the life story of the Moore family, spanning 3 generations and 35+ years. With reflective vignettes of somewhat ordinary scenarios brought to life and given flavour by Stark’s individual approach to prose. Each vignette is divided into snapshots of memory, creating a stand-alone insight into life against the background of the ‘Hoover Street House’.
From an initial ‘tour’, heavy with emotionally charged observations, but written with childlike simplicity, the reader becomes ever more familiar with both the physical aspects of the house and the ghosts of lived life swirling around the characters as the book progresses along a time-line.
As with traditional poetry, Stark expertly conveys warmth, atmosphere, and personality, using a no-frills approach to action, whilst enriching his prose with insightfully chosen dialogue and description. However, he refuses to be bound by conventions of verse, instead creating a juxtaposition between free writing and poetic language, creating an interesting illusion of comfort, familiarity, and continuous development of the theme, whilst butting against traditional form. Using a cleverly simplistic approach, ordinary artefacts of life are charged with great significance on one hand and treated with almost a throwaway air on the other, demonstrating a curiously innocent yet perceptive narrative.
By adopting a biographically arranged perspective, the rich tapestry of Moore family life is woven seamlessly through the book, expanding with the snapshots of life which round out the characters and their relationships, with carefully chosen literary devices creating a deep and lasting impression of their journey. Taking us on a voyage of discovery that is deeply reflective of the demographics of macro society within the US, with Stark using elements external to the Moore house, such as changes in moral and cultural behaviour, which is in turn set against a backdrop of popular music from the time as a point of reference.
The true wonder of this book is its unflinching honesty. Drawn into the family unit, you travel with the author as he shows you a world hidden but in plain sight, a unique perspective through the eyes of one familiar with all of its twists, turns and intricacies.
Wholly original ‘The Pink Oleanders’ is highly recommended!