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Couplets: A Love Story

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the whole style of rhyming couplets just didn't work for me and, honestly, if that's what you're going to do, at least commit to making them rhyme!

She offers a philosophy of sexuality as an expansive force: an organization of pleasure that refutes neoliberalism's demand for incessant labor. I think she encapsulates stuff like desire and power in relationships so precisely, but perhaps it’s the closes precision that made it hard to feel anything actually. I am unfamiliar with both and therefore didn't know what to expect, but I was initially hooked by the cover and the description of “a dazzling love story in poems about one woman’s coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming undone. Grateful acknowledgment is made for permission to reprint an excerpt from “Love is not all: it is not meat nor drink,” by Edna St. Engined by rhyme, propelled by lust and hunger, Maggie Millner's Couplets -- effortlessly learned and endlessly sexy --is already an exquisite exemplar of my queer poetic canon.In its most thrilling moments, Couplets dwells among the ‘little folds’ that join instinct and decision, and that thereby make up a life. She falls into a consuming affair—into queerness, polyamory, kink, power and loss, humiliation and freedom, and an enormous surge of desire that lets her leave herself behind. it can feel overly self-aware at times, as you feel her trying to get ahead of the narrative while she introduces you to it.

You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. I know it comes down to personal taste, but lines like, “I’d expected cream, or cream when I’d expected semen,” and “This was why I liked to keep two of her fingers in my body while we slept. Couplets is a dazzling fusion of form and content, chronicling the strictures, structures and pitfalls of relationships - the mirroring, the pleasing, the small jealousies and disappointments. Lovers of horny, rhyming poetry rejoice: Millner’s ‘love story in poems’ arrives a week before Valentine’s Day, just in time to tie your brain to its bedposts. The internet, whose central purpose seemed to be to turn the best parts of humanity—our hungers for belongings, art, and sex— into surveillance logs and payouts for execs.She offers a philosophy of sexuality as an expansive force: an organization of pleasure that refutes neoliberalism’s demand for incessant labor. the speaker is living a somewhat regular life with her long time boyfriend, when she meets a woman at a bar and decides to enter into her first queer relationship.

Kink and queerness, power and polyamory-- this debut by the senior editor of the Yale Review has it all . I felt for the character -- in many ways I think about sexuality similarly, so perhaps that's why (and sexuality is the main thread/theme/etc of the work).My main complaint is that I wish this book were longer: there are many places where the characters or scenes could be expanded, and I think this book's brevity works against it.

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