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Mm keep up the good work Nelson, ill definitely be reading more.
Dear Lover never descends into sentimental mush, rather the poems are playful, intense, and thoughtful. One of my favorites on page 25 blends a magical spell with wistfulness and the sights and sounds of Christmas while “making wishes on dead stars.” There is an honest physicality to the poems, recalling moments of passion while maintaining a connection to the here and now. Nelson revels in sensory elements you can feel, and smell, and taste in the poems: “and love was in my window/and you were in my doorway/knocking, morning glories in hand/button up, dress suit/cuff links/and there was no one but you/lined in velvet/cloaked in silk/dipped in honey/rolled in sugar/offering pockets full/of love.”
There are also poems that deal with pain, fear, and shame; a telling of mistakes made when passion is new but unreliable; poems of graphic sex without love. Another memorable one strikes out the words: “I need for you to,” and finishes with the unbearably sad: “pretend you love me.”
Looking at the complete book, it may be the record of many lovers or perhaps it traces the trajectory of one relationship with all its ups and downs. Intensely personal and at the same time universal, it ends with a retrospective understanding and acceptance of both self and the other. Overall the tone to the book is a joyous celebration of love.
This is a poetry collection about love and relationships. Good and bad, short and long, it's all here in the form of rhythmic rhymes and beautiful prose. It also explores the difficult, emotional topic of abuse, trapping those awful, gritty feelings right between the words of these poems.
I admit that this collection was, at times, difficult to read. Not because the poetry was complex -- it was actually rather simple to understand -- but because nothing was sugarcoated. At the same time, I really appreciated the way emotions were laid bare. This made every poem feel real and so heartfelt. This is exactly the type of poetry I like to read, from the style to the emotions. Simple words that are used to create a complex, emotional piece.
There was also a nice variety here. The majority consisted of prose poetry, which I really, really love -- yet, I almost began to wish there was less of it. Then again, it might have just been that I really loved the style of the rhyming poetry, and would read book after book of it if given the chance. (I would probably also read a whole novel of that prose. But after the rhyme collections, if that makes sense. I liked those more, but I didn't dislike the prose either.)
Overall, I really enjoyed this collection, and will be awaiting the next -- which is about family relationships, according to the back of this one. I do love finding poetry that isn't just about romantic love, but branches out, and I'm excited to get my hands on it!
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