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    afterlove

          Cinnamon Press: due Autumn 2020   Paperback, ISBN: 978-1-xxxxxx-xx-x; £ xx.00

 
written for an imminent daughter...

our    bluest Drop

because of You
our sky
is Ocean in suspense

Stars
flick tails among the Souls
that swim

our every Planet : a white
whale You skim
upon so

Sun &
Moon may fuse to become
this – Your

heart
& Skin – in that truest
Sea

You have made us
let there Be
no rule

only One
Beloved do not
refuse

Your Own
deep
blue Drop – O

Thou
unschooled
so Unstoppably So :

be You
Bluest Love
Be

You

        (c) Mario Petrucci 2020

 
 
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"afterlove is a collection marked by emotional openness and imaginative risk. These poems of family connection and disconnection are probing, and those featuring the poet’s relationship to his children are particularly striking in their tenderness and honesty."
Moniza Alvi

 
When it comes to those we love, even our most yearned-for states of union are subject to change. afterlove endures the swarming devastations of loss as consummately as it enters love’s raptures, ever alive to devotion’s flow and ebb. From domestic paean centred on the beloved, through a father’s unabashed affection for his children, to the sometimes savage realisations of love’s dissolution, these poems succeed in spanning relationship heaven and hell. Mario Petrucci generates love (and non-love) poetry that refuses to squint in the glare of experience. With characteristic candour and inventiveness, whether through light-filled lyric or a murderous remaking of myth, Petrucci takes us just about everywhere love can go.  
 

* * *   'Lazarus' - an excerpt from afterlove (... click here for AUDIO)   * * *

... or watch as a short VIDEO, below...   (not for redistribution)

 
 
Reviews of afterlove...

“Petrucci is xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.”   Acumen (January 2019; Parvin Loloi).

“Works xxxxxxxxxx.”   Envoi 182 (June 2019; Paul McDonald).

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