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Bloom in Reverse
by Teresa Leo
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014
eISBN: 978-0-8229-7964-7 | Paper: 978-0-8229-6297-7
Library of Congress Classification PS3612.E559B56 2014
Dewey Decimal Classification 811.6

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Bloom in Reverse chronicles the aftermath of a friend's suicide and the end of a turbulent relationship, working through devastation and loss while on a search for solace that spans from local bars to online dating and beyond to ultimately find true connection and sustaining love. Things move backwards, from death to life, like a reverse time-lapse video of a dead flower morphing from brittle, scorched entity to floral glory to nacsent bud. The poems seek to find those places where the natural world connects to and informs experiences at the core of human relationships, and at times call upon principles and theories from physics and mathematics to describe the complexities of love and loss. It's a book where grief, melancholy, heartbreak, and disillusionment intersect with urban romanticism, hope, possibility, and love. Bloom is all of it, the terrible and the beautiful.

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