Motives by Dunstan Christopher

Motives by Dunstan Christopher
ed. Monica Peck
saddle-stitch bound with vellum flyleaf
28 pages
cover art by Peter Max Lawrence

In Dunstan Christopher’s Motives gorgeous language play interlock with the erotic to mark the libido’s passage through the space-time-sex continuum. Christopher invokes each beloved by name and then, through tightly woven language, calls forth their shared experience with such profound vividness, humor and affection, that one feels both voyeur and participant simultaneously. Christopher’s command of each ‘motif’ enacts cinematic precision; he always cuts on the action, and thus moves the reader seamlessly through the episodic lushness of capital P pleasure. -- Monica Peck, editor

Dunstan Christopher is a writer, designer, and musician, and Motives is his first book. Dunstan was born in Detroit, grew up in San Francisco, and currently resides in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he wakes every morning to gaze wistfully at the Hollywood sign. In addition to this chapbook, his poetry has been published in Switchback and the Santa Clara Review.

In his poetry practice, Dunstan is especially interested in exploring new layers and methods of poetic transmission—an inquiry he plans to further develop as an MFA candidate in the Media Design program at Art Center College of Design. He already holds an MFA in writing from California College of the Arts; let’s just say that he has a thing for MFAs and expensive art colleges. More of Dunstan’s writing, music, and visual work can be found at

Artist Peter Max Lawrence lives and works in San Francisco. His website is: