The Natural Hustle
- McClelland & Stewart
- Initial publish date
- Mar 2023
- Canadian, Women Authors, General
Paperback / softback
- Publish Date
- Mar 2023
- List Price
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An astonishing, inventive new collection of poems from the author of Rotten Perfect Mouth.
Includes the poem “Bonedog” featured in the film I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Deeply attuned to the cadence of life, the poems in The Natural Hustle offer provocative, intimate snapshots. They explore the bewildering experience of living—precisely locating unexpected truths. Ingenious, original, surprising, here is a one-of-a-kind poetic voice.
About the author
Eva H.D. lives and writes in Toronto. Her first book Rotten Perfect Mouth was published by Mansfield Press in the spring of 2015. She recently won the Montreal International Poetry Prize for her poem "38 Michigans."
Excerpt: The Natural Hustle: Poems (by (author) Eva H.D.)
Magic Hour, Manhattan, August
The city’s histamine blush as dusk drips.
We seek a sportsbar ’cause you think it would
be nice if I could watch the Jays; all good
I say, as—the towers flush like stung lips—
I think walking next to you is heaven.
And I say, Look at these buildings [and you
look, nod] in the witching light [rose flange you
shuffle through]. It’s as if they had been leavened:
surging tongues stained sweet nectarine, liver.
Every sportsbar is too loud. It’s okay:
I’d rather watch instead the dying day;
my hometown sold me down the river,
long ago. The air we breathe in thins,
It’s enough the home team wins.
Praise for Eva H.D. and The Natural Hustle
“This book is amazing—I haven’t discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing.” —Charlie Kaufman, author of Antkind, writer/director of Synecdoche, New York
“Eva H.D. [is] a poet of extraordinary merit and ability, and an artist of the first order.” —Ayad Akhtar, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Homeland Elegies
“Eva is an extraordinary pirate queen who is restlessly on a quest to swim in the unchartered moments that often are hidden within the habitual monotony of the everyday.” —Jessie Buckley