As Meaningful As Any Other, Gutter Snob Books’ new publication of Donna Snyder’s fourth collection of poems and fragmentary prose, has been called a surrealist poetic memoir. Divided into five parts, Part One, Roots, is made of personal mythology, both actual and imagined. The second part, called Auguries, is mostly set in Twitty, the tiny rural hamlet in the North Texas Panhandle Snyder lived in as child, and shows the unexpected and incongruous impact visual art and classical music had on her development. Part Three, Flight, describes her escape from hometown and rural culture and the development of a political awareness, again often shown through her response to visual art. Part Four is called Awakening and is passionate. Part Five, Crossroads, addresses magic and both the losses and personal transcendence that can come with age, again using myth and art as pathways into Snyder’s psyche. Main repeated elements throughout the book are ekphrasis, theories of physics and time, and myth.
A longtime activist lawyer in New Mexico and Texas, Donna Snyder has represented indigenous people, people with disabilities, and immigrant workers. The legendary founder and director of the Tumblewords Project as well as an acclaimed poet, she now adds a fourth poetry collection As Meaningful As Any Other, to her body of work. “I walked in the Sandia foothills/ chilled by the first wintry wind,/ half moon in a dusky sky, arroyo/ luminous with profligate datura,” she writes, introducing us to her world in the American southwest. By turns somber and sanguine, troubled and troubling, puzzling and clairvoyant, this collection of prose and lyric poems is truly “a cloak of many colors” that envisions the Creator as a female at the heart of the Creation. Bravo, Donna!—Carlos Nicolás Flores, author of the novels Our House on Hueco and Sex as a Political Condition
From a powerful and driven perspective, Donna Snyder writes with a delicate intensity that will coil around your soul and swallow you whole. In her new book, As Meaningful As Any Other, Snyder will delight the reader with poetic form and fury, short and long. Her words are filled with revelry, intelligence and grace. Truly, this is not a book to be missed. —Jack Henry, author of driving w/ crazy living with madnessDonna
Snyder writes like I wish I could. As she says in her piece “Monstrous Angel,” (included here in As Meaningful As Any Other) “…Both unearthly and of this earth, she has a secret.” And indeed Ms. Snyder does have a secret. Her language brought to me images of Leslie Marmon Silko and Sandra Cisneros and of course a bit of Di Prima. Her words caress, her women are nurturing and beautiful and mystical. I want to read her work again and again. It belongs on my top shelf. —Nadia Bruce-Rawlings, author of Driving in the Rain and Scars
Donna Snyder’s poems are like the whisper of falling rain before a raging thunderstorm. They search for meaning in the random, chaotic mess of everyday life—infusing everything with beauty and pain. There is a sense of urgency behind every word. Let them seep into you. Let them change you.—David Dorado Romo, author of Ringside Seat to a Revolution
Donna Snyder’s compassionate and wise poetry is always a favorite. As Meaningful as Any Other is a balm for these difficult times. Another vivid and articulate treasure from Snyder, I highly recommend this beautiful collection.—Trista Hendren, Founder of Girl God Books
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