Paul Hetherington’s Her One Hundred and Seven Words leaps between the intimate, domestic, and sexual moments that make up the intertwined paths of the love traveler. The book moves the way love itself “moves like tides: mostly interlude and never a pause.” Each word celebrated in this book is a strange taste on the tongue, a 107-course meal that speaks our bittersweet limits and our sweetbitter need to live intensely before the end of the feast. It’s a gorgeous book. Read it!
—Tony Barnstone, Professor of English and Enviromental Studies, Whittier College.
Her One Hundred and Seven Words by Paul Hetherington, acknowledged master of the prose poem, is an extraordinary evocation of love between an older, erudite man and a young woman: beautiful, capricious, and irresistible. Maybe you’ve heard this story before, but not like this. Ripe with colors and scents, synesthesia, sadness and joy, “dark enchantment and animal rhythms,” cherries and butterflies, murmurations of birds, it is a tale whose trajectory ... is embodied in the two opposite meanings of the word “cleave”. The reader is held rapt in the to-and-fro ... it is a gorgeous labyrinth of love, allusion, and absolutely luscious language.
—Moira Egan, Poet and Translator.