Synopses & Reviews
The Smell of Good Mud explores the grit and splendor of collective living, queer parenting and other radical choices in the conservative landscape of Oklahoma. Lauren Zuniga has made a name for herself for fearlessly confronting legislators and being an ambassador for the Heartland. This collection is the underbelly. No emotion is spared. No image is lost. It is a field guide to blisters and curtsies. It is a chronicle of women/children/animals coming together in a house named Clementine.
Nationally acclaimed for her poem, To The Oklahoma Lawmakers, which MoveOn.org called The most riveting message about the war on women in under three minutes, Zuniga's newest collection of poetry, The Smell of Good Mud, explores the wild terrain of queer, feminist, collective living in the conservative state of Oklahoma. Set in a house named Clementine, these poems offer a communal meal, a radiant love affair and the inner carnival of a single mother.