This much-awaited collection of poems is the third poetry book written by the former Rainy River First Nations Chief.  In Beautiful Razor: love poems and other lies, Al Hunter explores the span between the sensual and the profane; the distance of which can sometimes be vast or on the razor’s edge.

“In this fluid collection we enter a galactic expanse where absence, distance and fire repel and attract love-bodies in a winged-whirl of magnetic mad flight. Loss, emptiness, space, desire, blood, memory; all devour themselves in the combustions of love without self. The you/other may be interchangeable, never static or frozen or attainable. In these sharp-beaked bird-words there is ‘no going back’—at best, bodies meet only ‘flame to flame,’ mutable and razor-like in feathery, impermanent forms. I find Hunter’s new work a rare melding of Blues, Kabbalah, and personal transcendence—a piercing, hard-won angelic love mantra. A blazing tour de force!”
—Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate

“What lies here are the vagaries of a heart wounded, shattered and redeemed by love. Such generosity of spirit deserves acclaim. A bravura work.”
—Richard Wagamese, author of Indian Horse

Read a brief interview with Al Hunter about Beautiful Razor on All Lit Up.

About the Author

Al Hunter

Al Hunter is an Anishinaabe writer who has published poetry in books and journals, taught extensively, and performed internationally. A member of Rainy River First Nations and former chief, Hunter has expertise in land claims negotiations, and is a longstanding activist on behalf of Indigenous rights and wellness, and environmental responsibility. Hunter lives in Manitou Rapids, Rainy River First Nations in Ontario. His poetry has been widely published and anthologized. Hunter was named an Anishinaabe Achiever of the Treaty #3 Nation for his environmental and educational work in 2000. During the summer of that same year, he and others led “A Walk to Remember.” They walked for 1200 miles circumnavigating Lake Superior “to bring forth community visions of protecting the air, land and water for the Seven Generations yet to come.”

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Beautiful Razor: Love Poems and Other Lies


“A bravura work.” — Richard Wagamese. Published September 2012.

Weight 125 g
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 0.5 cm


ISBN-13 9780986874017

In stock


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