Lovely review of Kissing Keeps Us Afloat from Michael Dennis over at Today’s Book of Poetry.
And when I say lovely, I mean fan-fucking-tastic.
kissing keeps us afloat is a sustained torrent, a laughing rush, a relentless scream/yodel of passion. This red boat has no oars as it crashes against the shores of love, breaks up on the rocks called desire.
Fearless, charismatic, funny, elegant, eloquent and frequently so horny you’d think the sky was falling before her final possible hump. Laurie MacFayden has done something wonderful in the dazzling kissing keeps us afloat.
And we love, love, love the joyous title. Around the office it won the poll for best title this spring.
This collection is a “page-turner.” You really can’t wait to hear what MacFayden is going to burn up and turn red next.
(A poetry page-turner? Blush.)
What MacFayden has done over the course of kissing keeps us afloat is to romp ribald, I mean Henry Miller, Anais Nin, Erica Jong rutting – and like those excellent writers, reach so much more of the reader than simple erotica ever could. In these poems love does not always win, passion is not always requited. That’s not the point. It is the celebrations, the joy you remember that gets you through the dark. The promise of joy that brings us to the threshold of another dawn.
All that jazz and more is in the keen, crisp kissing keeps us afloat.
That Laurie MacFayden, she’s a howler. An Allen Ginsberg howler, celebrating hope and hard love.
(Takes one to know one, methinks, MD)
Today’s book of poetry thinks MacFayden’s kissing keeps us afloat steps up and delivers big time. Love isn’t all sweetness and light, she knows everything.
You can read the full gorgeous love letter here.
(Michael Dennis, can I offer you a ride in my red boat?)