“Donating the Heart” by David Hernandez (Pearl, 2001)

In Donating the Heart, David Hernandez reveals further proof of his talent as a poet. Published in 2001, just one year after Man Climbs Out of Manhole, it is nevertheless crucially different from his debut collection.

Here there are the specific characters and unique settings that we have come to know as Hernandez’s ploy, except here there are events that really could take place, instances that actually occurred at one point, and have been superbly captured by a very deserving poet.  Split into two parts, the second also provides insights into the poet’s life and history, as well as some amusing and moving escapades.  Donating the Heart serves as a welcoming follow-up to Hernandez’s debut.

Originally published on February 25th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

“Man Climbs Out of Manhole” by David Hernandez (Pearl, 2000)

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There comes a time when you read a novel or book of poetry and you will love every single word of it, as you turn each page; when you finish it you will realize that it is only a small publication, and the entire world doesn’t know about the beautiful words and sentences you just read.

David Hernandez is clearly one of those authors (along with his wife, Lisa Glatt), and this is made clearly evident in his first chapbook, Man Climbs Out of Manhole.  There seems to be little of David Hernandez the person and history in this book, and yet between the lines of a stanza everyone once in a while one will wonder if one hadn’t just read a piece of Hernandez’s life.

Every poem is different and unique, with a new character and totally new setting, and it will be unlike anything you have read.

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Originally published on February 25th 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.