My Life as a Minor Character
"Hunley is the next Young/ Hoagland/Ruefle, the next man/woman/child in our collective rowboat of poets. And as one of his speakers duly notes, "Someday you're going to know this. / Or you'll drown. " --Mark Yakich
"It is impossible to read My Life as a Minor Character without smiling. Not that the poems here are 'happy,' but that they are teeming with humor and tenderness and surprise. Hunley has a clear love for language, but there's nothing showy or precocious here. Honest without being earnest, each poem feels connected to a real person with real hopes and laughs and bills and bad days, heartaches and heartburn. I read this collection in one sitting. The world that I saw when I put these poems down and looked out the window was a different world, a richer, more meaningful world full of possibility and sweetness and genuine wonder." --James Kimbrell
Pecan Grove Press
Hunley, Tom, "My Life as a Minor Character" (2005). English Faculty Book Gallery. 34.