Talk to me about when we were perfect is a collection of snapshots, a life unfolding in flashbacks, imbued with a bittersweet yearning for the places to which we can never return and the people we have left behind. These sharply observational poems traverse life’s external and internal landscapes in vivid detail, revisiting childhood memories, exploring the joys and regrets of teenage and adult love, contemplating the nature of grief and the vagaries of the human heart. They cast a questioning eye over past misunderstandings, roads not taken, and undeclared love.
Praise for talk to me about when we were perfect:
“This is a dazzling collection of poems full of light and compassion that stay with the reader long after the last page is read.” Leo Boix, author of Ballad of a Happy Immigrant
“Huggins has a particular gift for highlighting the special moments in everyday life. Even in poems of longing and sadness, there is a tenderness there that will make you smile. There is a delicate interweaving of both the sorrows and the beauty of life, which feels like a celebration of what is.” Bethany Rivers, author of Fountain of Creativity and the sea refuses no river
“It’s magical.” Ralph Dartford, author of Hidden Music
“With words from the opening poem ‘…she remembers the soft beat/of that transcendent hour…’ Amanda Huggins sets the scene for a collection that is more than memoir, evoking exquisite detail, often heartrending. Here is a fresh look at the super-charged times of adolescence and early adulthood with a collection of poems that are laid open and full of tenderness, a recognition of a time when many of us had our ‘eyes half-closed with want/of something we didn’t understand.’ (p 3).
Though the author puts her own life under scrutiny, most readers will find points of recognition. The poems are full of surprises both of sadness and of beauty but always thoroughly endearing. Above all, it is an unpretentious collection of poems, where the author puts herself ‘in…full beam,/a skittish hare…’(p29) but there is always a sense that whatever the past reveals there is forgiveness. A thoroughly lovely collection.” Alison Lock, author of Lure
“Sometimes the only honest reaction to a poem is I so wish I had written that. For me, ‘egg’ is that poem.
True poetry happens when a clever idea, emotional truth, and a clear and original route through the material are presented in immaculately crafted sentences and stanzas. This is achieved in talk to me about when we were perfect. Alison Chisholm, author of Crafting Poetry and Echoes in Cloud
“The writers I love the most really capture how it feels to be human; Huggins is one of them. If you think poetry isn’t for you, try reading this collection. Read slowly; read aloud to feel the words. Huggins proves that she is a writer with great emotional understanding and the technique to express it; her work is deep, beautiful and truthful, free from pretension.” Hannah Retallick, author and prize-winning short story writer
“This poetry sparkles. I love the reflective quality which enabled me to re-experience the confusion or joy and spontaneity of youth. There are some absolute crackers including ‘out chasing boys’ which nails those heady days and ‘dizzy with it’ which captures the exuberance of the time. I highly recommend talk to me about when we were perfect. Treat yourself to a copy.” Gail Aldwin, author of The String Games and This Much Huxley Knows