The Breakup Suite, by Trevor Abes — Poetry Review
Honoured that my friend Jeff took the time to write so insightfully about my book of poems. Nothing but appreciated, good sir.
The series of poems contained in Abes’ beautiful collection is almost too raw emotionally to be judged fairly in aesthetic terms, yet the language is undeniable. The Breakup Suite is about exactly what it sounds like.
You seldom ever see someone else at their lowest emotional moment, fresh after a breakup of a 5-year relationship, and if somehow you do, you don’t expect it to be written about at all, let alone like this. You expect the person to be a fucking mess, yet the outpouring of a heart here is graceful, measured, balanced, contained.
The poems are as much a triumph of spirit and resolve as of language. The love of writing is as palpable as Abes’ love for “E.”
I felt like, for Abes to move on in life, the sentence and the sentiment had to be pitch perfect. Working out his own feelings and expressing them just…
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