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Love, Etc.: Poems of Love, Laughter, Longing & Loss

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Love has many faces. From the sensual to the reflective, from the whimsical to the worrisome. Sometimes hard and sometimes so easy we feel we could lift off–straight to the clouds–love comes to us as friendships, romances, familial embraces. Love, Etc. explores the mixed experiences of love, in language infused with Barkat’s signature sensual touch. Get ready to fall. In love with poems, words, and love.

"Though subtitled poems of love, laughter, longing & loss, L.L. Barkat’s new collection, Love, Etc., is all longing to me—reaching repeatedly for the clarity that surely lies within life’s entanglements. These poems flirt and seduce. Wait patiently for mulberries and ghosts at the window. Make nests. Button and unbutton. Press the edge of the self. They imitate breath and the spaces between, the desires that get caught in the throat when only a picture, a word, a letter, or silence will do."

—Tania Runyan, NEA Fellow and author of How to Read a Poem: Based on the Billy Collins Poem "Introduction to Poetry" and Second Sky

"Delicate, suggestive, clever."

—Carl Sharpe, editor of VerseWrights


L.L. Barkat is the author of six books, including an experimental fiction and poetry title, The Novelist: A Novella, and Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing (twice named a Best Book of 2011). Her poems have appeared at Best American Poetry, VQR, NPR, and Every Day Poems. She is also a Staff Writer for The Curator and Managing Editor of Tweetspeak Poetry.

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