The Love Word

Poems by Betty Buchsbaum

“How true is love in art?” asks Betty Buchsbaum in one of her many finely tuned, self-questioning poems, confessing a worry about “parsing it to death.” But like a nuanced lexicon of love, this impressive first collection offers a richly various, deeply moving account of the many meanings that cluster around “the love word” as, in all its radiance, it encompasses desire, joy, grief, and reconciliation. Sandra M. Gilbert
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