Hearth...is an expansive collection of poems and stories on the concept of hearth as it relates to the entire modern world, with influences that extend much more deeply. The book is truly multicultural in its reach, with a stellar lineup of international contributors ... From front cover to back, Hearth is a visually and intellectually stimulating collection, always beautiful, but equal parts uplifting and heartbreaking. In their effort to spark conversations about other possibilities—larger possibilities—for how we all relate to one another in our fractious global community, Smith and O’Connor have delivered an astounding, gorgeous first effort for what promises to be an ongoing discussion.
In many of the essays and poems in this remarkable new collection, the idea of the hearth is often defined by its opposite: in 2018 it’s difficult not to feel engulfed by traumas at the psychological, social, political, climactic, and global scales ... Repairing trauma is a frequent theme throughout the book ... Hearth captures both the evanescence of that blaze and its enduring power to heal us.
... a simmering collection of 32 provocative and stunning works, along with photographs by Sebastião Salgado ... Ultimately, this profound and radiant volume reveals that hearths take many forms, including a book.
This anthology...undertakes a thoughtful, at times poignant exploration of the idea of the hearth in the present era ... Overall, these pieces respond to a widespread sense of displacement and division by expressing a yearning for centeredness, as well as a fear that the hearth, and the sense of belonging it symbolizes, are disappearing from contemporary life. Thought-provoking, meditative, mournful, and comforting for readers who seek a connection to purpose and meaning, the anthology acts as a hearth of its own.