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Introspective and Insightful Collection of Poetry. The author invokes themes of nature and longing.

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In his latest collection, “Other Poems of Longing”, poet Juan-Paolo Perre explores the many shades of longing. Whether tinged with despair, hope, exaltation or great introspection it is one of the primordial of emotions that we sentient and self aware beings possess. In these exquisite lyric poems, Perre explores with his transcendent and deft touch longing in all of its universality.

Since his acclaimed debut collection, “A Confederacy of Joy” and the recently released, “Carmina: The Nomad Odes”, Perre has consistently created poems of great power and beauty, noted for their arresting music and lyricism. This offering of powerful and intimate poems is no exception; a profound and emotional tour de force.

Perre's latest collection of poetry is beautiful and succinct. Perhaps the only downfall of the collection is the repetitive theme of each poem. I felt as though the author put a lot of work into each poem, taking a long hard look at his own thoughts and opinions. My favorite poem was "Calm". The opening line is powerful and grabs the reader's attention immediately: "At dusk today, I felt vanquished." I felt Perre's pain and frustration bleeding from his words. The beauty of the sunset sets the stage for the author's despair.


The collection also uses themes of nature and travel. Many of the poems are inspired by different countries in Europe, providing an adventurous atmosphere. The poem "La Canicule" includes a subtext of Rome in August. Perre writes, "At plain day there is this sun But today, too, a haze." I feel the author's deep connection with nature and the world around him. His nomadic lifestyle shines through his words.


One of my least favorite poems is "Until Seventy Times Seven." The poem focuses on "Googling" things on the internet. While it's clear the poem is about a lost love or someone the author is missing desperately, I felt the modern technology used in the poem was off-putting. I would have rather the read "I searched", instead of using the brand name of the search engine.


"Other Poems of Longing" offers a window into the extraordinary life of the author. I enjoyed reading and picturing the various landscapes that inspired this collection. Perre is a talented poet, no doubt. His ability to create clear imagery of his atmosphere and use his feelings to paint a sorrowful picture, left me with an ache in my heart. I look forward to reading more of Juan-Paolo Perre's writing in the future, and I recommend this collection to modern poetry lovers.

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Rachel Patterson's poetry has been published in several literary journals, such as The Penmen Review. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English, and she is completing her MFA in Creative Writing. Rachel lives near Pittsburgh with her husband, son, and three crazy cats.

Synopsis

In his latest collection, “Other Poems of Longing”, poet Juan-Paolo Perre explores the many shades of longing. Whether tinged with despair, hope, exaltation or great introspection it is one of the primordial of emotions that we sentient and self aware beings possess. In these exquisite lyric poems, Perre explores with his transcendent and deft touch longing in all of its universality.

Since his acclaimed debut collection, “A Confederacy of Joy” and the recently released, “Carmina: The Nomad Odes”, Perre has consistently created poems of great power and beauty, noted for their arresting music and lyricism. This offering of powerful and intimate poems is no exception; a profound and emotional tour de force.

Other Poems of Longing

Table of Contents.

Other Poems of Longing

I. SAUDADE. / SEHNSUCHT. / WELTSCHMERZ.

That Thing...When You Don’t Write For A While

Empathy For My Blue-Beaned Muse

At The Very Least, Today

Birthday in Milwaukee

A Poem

Due Destini

Dusk Over The Capitoline Hill

La Canicule

Calm

Perfect, All But Us

A Good, Long, Hard Look Within

Out of Doors

An Elegy of Silence and Slumber

American Idyll

Suddenly

I Could Just Cry

The Last Poems of Larry Levis

Un Thé Au Sahara / The Sheltering Sky


II. GHAZAL.

I Made Myself The Dog

Until Seventy Times Seven

Infrastructures

False Alarm

I Veer Right, Then Right Again, Straight to Your Door

So This I Am For You

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BIOGRAPHY. 


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Saudade Sehnsucht Weltschmerz 


That Thing When You Don't Write for A While


You start to think of writing with more sanctity.

Like the rarity of that petulant flower,


the night-blooming cereus, meant to die

Under a bright full moon and never more to see a day.


But it wouldn't have it...thought it had so much

More to give. It peels its red flesh back one instance more


And blooms riotously full-faced to the sun to endure

the inevitable cheek slap of blistering light.


Then with a petticoat of exhausted pistils and dried out stamen

It gives up the ghost and falls to earth in defeat as was always


Meant to be. Some would say it’s such a shame all

that bravery...or tomfoolery wasted and witnessed - by no one. 

About the author

Born in Italy, Juan-Paolo Perre emigrated to London, England and later to the US. His debut collection, "A Confederacy of Joy" was awarded the Legacy Poetry Prize. His recently released book, "Carmina: The Nomad Odes" has been critically acclaimed. He is the poetry editor for “Il Palio Review”. view profile

Published on January 01, 2021

Published by Siena Press

5000 words

Genre: Poetry

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