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Couplets: A Love Story

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Poetry expreses the anxiety and delirium of love really well and it fit well with the narrators worries about cheating and heartbreak. A love story in verse and prose, “Couplets” is already attracting a swell of critical and popular attention.

The continuous, stream-of-consciousness vibe really worked to represent the panic and questioning that comes with this kind of experience. 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. This explores the experience of realising you’re queer late in your twenties, sabotaging a relationship, and the sapphic relationship that follows messing with your head. A dazzling, feather-light tour de force-- witty and effervescent and insightful, and so sexy, and so real .

There's an intensity that is intrinsic in LGBTQIA+ lit, particularly involving two cis women, likely because emotions run very high in these relationships (yes, higher than in straight relationships, in my experience). From an artistic standpoint, the perfection of Millner’s aesthetic choices raise the erotic, emotional, and existential mess of a personal awakening toward the epic.

In her luminous, electric debut, Millner creates an original form to express the headlong revelations, obsessions, and erotic geometry of love.Breathing, typing these lines, texting a friend, checking the time, thinking it wouldn’t always feel like this, but still, sometimes, it was.

Home to William Golding, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Sally Rooney, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Max Porter, Ingrid Persaud, Anna Burns and Rachel Cusk, among many others, Faber is proud to publish some of the greatest novelists from the early twentieth century to today. Couplets compelled me like a love affair --I didn't want to eat, didn't want to go to bed, didn't want to get off the subway, I just wanted to hear the story it was telling, which was, ultimately, a story about form-what are the forms (of intimacy, vocation, domesticity, verse, pleasure) we want to be held by, and to break free from?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. I think this is a good segue into poetry if you struggle with it as there is more of a plot to this book.

Couplets is also about memory, of forgetfulness, of loves requited and unrequited, of shared experiences, of how we bond over and over again, while it is a book about two, it is a book about many, about all of us. Maggie Millner’s captivating, seductive debut is a love story in poems that explores obsession, gender, identity, and the art and act of literary transformation.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. 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. Kink and queerness, power and polyamory-- this debut by the senior editor of the Yale Review has it all .

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