Haya Pomrenze's "Hook" conveys the complexities of the Jewish Modern Orthodox female experience. The narrator is an insider and an outsider, dependent and contemptuous, a follower and a free spirit. Like the child in "Straddle" hooking her feet into the stirrups of a carousel horse, the heroine labors to stand on solid ground while staking her claim in a world further complicated by the push and pull of the mother-daughter relationship, explored throughout the book and masterfully portrayed in the title poem. You'll struggle not to laugh and cry at the same time while reading this poetry debut.
“Hook has earned its place on my night table. And I thought Catholics were crazy!” Christopher Cooper – Hollywood, Florida
“I find a kindred spirit in Haya Pomrenze. Most of
us have hooked our mother’s bra although few of us own up to it.
Pomrenze confesses this and a whole lot more. This book is a gem.”
“It’s hard to find a poet nowadays that relies on
the most basic daily activities as metaphors for the key issues in life.
I felt like I was in a terrific reality show.”
“What can I say? I’m hooked! My wife identified
with the female characters but don’t give short shrift to the men in
this collection. They’re funny as hell.”
“As a mental health counselor, I usually don’t go
for making fun of the insane. In reading this book, however, I came to
realize that Pomrenze thinks we are all insane. I laughed and I cried
and then I laughed some more.”
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