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Editors Esselman and Velez showcase the phases of love, a subject that has long inspired, redeemed, frustrated, and obsessed us. Readers will be delighted to encounter classic poems by Shakespeare and Donne as well as down-to-earth works by today's talented poets, including Dorianne Laux and Mark Doty. Divided into sections such as "ecstasy," "stability," and "misery," each grouping of poems is introduced by clever editorial commentary that never takes itself too seriously. Timid poetry readers should feel comfortable here, discovering poems that not only relate to what the average person experiences in love but that are expressed in accessible, lively language. Such readers may even use this collection as a springboard for further poetic investigation. You Drive Me Crazy will inevitably have wide appeal because it reminds us that we are all "in the same boat" when it comes to love, and that poets have always been entranced by the subject of love and devoted to seeking new and wonderful ways to earnestly convey their experiences. Janet St. John
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"An extraordinary collection....This book is girl-talk at its best, a rollicking, comforting combination of insight and laughter." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
The introductions to each chapter really helped my husband (who must be poetry illiterate). Loved that even the mundane was included.Published on March 7, 2013 by Jody
This is a wonderful book! I have a copy for myself and I buy one for everyone I know that gets married or for an anniversary. The poetry roams from fun, romantic, sad, to sexy. Read morePublished on November 10, 2009 by Amanda