TO MOTHER is a collection of poetry that addresses both mothers and the act of mothering in all its grit and glory. Inspired by the emotive language of the Romantic era, Andrea Hope uses her distinct wit, candid wisdom, and spiritual resolve to invite readers into the strength, struggle, and softness of maternal love.
"The Anatomical Intimacy of the Heart" is text-art hybrid meditating on the physical phenomenon which occurs when a sensual/spiritual connection exists between men. The artwork is akin to 52 Valentines representing the 52 weeks in a year; all incorporate an anatomically correct red ink drawing of a heart and, within the chambers, an embracing male couple. This exploration of intimacy is as deeply reflected in the text framed vertically on either side by two strips of red yarn. These strings represent the Charlotte Bronte "Jane Eyre" text which reads as follows: ""I have a strange feeling with regard to you. As if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly knotted to a similar string in you. And if you were to leave I'm afraid that cord of communion would snap. And I have a notion that I'd take to bleeding inwardly." In their bond of profound intimacy the lovers depicted in this book pulse viscerally for one another in their very muscles, tendons and cells. This celebratory union makes an excellent gift book for gay, bisexual, pansexual, polysexual men and those who love them.