Partial Views: a collection of poetry is a love letter to every little girl hiding in plain sight, every woman sleeping around long after it isn’t fun anymore, every mother screaming at her kids, every wife trying to jump out the window of a marriage on fire, and every grown daughter watching Jeopardy in her home with her ancient, bedridden mother at her side. It is a love letter to all the ways in which we try and fail and try again to meet our reflection in the mirror and whisper yes.
Tina Lear is like a truffle pig for poetry. From Walmart to privilege, needlepoint to dementia, Lear finds poetry where the average eye sees only mud. Playful in her language but relentless in her assessment of the world, Tina writes exceptionally on many topics, but where I find she excels most is in her rendering of the complicated love of families, stating, “the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but it bruises.” Imaginative and unflinchingly honest, Lear’s is a voice you can trust.
– Megan Falley, author of Drive Here and Devastate Me [Write Bloody Publishing, 2018]