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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  654 ratings  ·  176 reviews
"dropkick this broken heart and make it feel again."

From pro-wrestler-turned-poet Cyrus Parker comes a poetic memoir that tells the tale of two relationships. The first half of DROPKICKromance focuses on a toxic, long-distance relationship the author was involved in for several years, while the second half focuses on Parker's current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace,
Paperback, 176 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Andrews McMeel Publishing
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⚔ Silvia ⚓
I was sent this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

TW: abuse by a partner

This is a poetry debut I was highly anticipating and I wasn't disappointed.

I don't really know how to rate and especially how to review modern poetry other than by gut feeling, and this collection/memoir was so honest and raw that I couldn't help but empathize with the author and what he went through. No matter who you are or what medium you use, it
Katie McNelly
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent first read of 2018. Of all the poetry I've read recently, and especially the poetry of this style, during this new "insta-poetry" movement, Parker's is the strongest. His use of language is profound; though this does very much feel like a debut collection, and Parker's voice and conflicts are those of a young man, he spins metaphors and similes alike with skill and ease. Many of his comparisons caught my breath as I thought, "How? How did he?"

It helps that my favorite types of stories
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-arcs, poetry
Watch out Faudet-Leav, Lovelace and Parker will kick your butts.
ARC provided by Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing in exchange for an honest review
when words
are the only interaction
you have with someone,

you have no choice
but to get to know them
for what's on the inside.
- how is this any less real?

DROPKICKromance was surprisingly really good! Cyrus Parker has this raw and honest voice that will lure you in and will make you want to stay and just hear his words. This book exceeded my ex
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to review this eARC

i have no words???
my heart was breaking at how relatable this was
i was in a long distance relationship for ten months and it was healthy, at all. similar to the first relationship in this book. this hit all those feels and oh my gosh. i’m yet to find a love like the author did but i hope to one day.
full review to come maybe??
maybe not
just read this folks
Alicia Cook
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are a lot of highly successful male poets out there right now selling thousands of poetry books. They all have one thing in common: they write from the female perspective, for females. They tell us how we feel, what we need, what we're thinking...I am not a fan of this because I think they are profiting off of attempting to control our narrative while simultaneously romanticizing mental illness, "brokenness," and more times than not, they refer to us as "girls" instead of women (etc.) whic ...more
Stephanie Gillespie
Mar 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, 2018
You can see my full review on my blog: https://betweenfoldedpages.wordpress....

I cannot explain how much I LOVED this poetry collection !!! I was reading it while in the waiting room at my doctor's office, trying to fight back tears. The tears won by the way, all these strangers were looking at me but I didn't care. Cyrus put so much emotion into his writing. You can feel all the pain and heartache he endures in the beginning. The first half of the book tells the story of an abusive long distanc
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star
Cyrus has a beautifully honest voice. His poetry flows and his feelings and passions are clear as he tells us about his pain and heartbreak and later his healing and love. I always have trouble rating such things because it feels like I'm rating a person's life, which just doesn't feel right. But I do want to say that Cyrus's writing is elegant, the story he tells is both heartbreaking and beautiful, and each poem transitions beautifully into the next. If you are a fan of modern free-flow poetry ...more
Liv (Stories For Coffee)
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 4.5 ✨

A wondrous look at two relationships through the use of poetry. I am so proud of Cyrus for all he's accomplished and am so honored to have gotten a peek into his life through the use of his beautifully crafted words that really spoke to me.
Thank you Netgalley for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

2017 was the year I discovered poetry, and in 2018 nothing seems to stop me from reading new poetry collections.
I discovered Cyrus' book only recently through Amanda Lovelace's Twitter, and ever since I only had one thought: read it. So when I found out you could request a copy of it, I jumped on the occasion.

The book starts with a few words written my Amanda, and she said something that followed me throughout
K.Y. Robinson
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Meeting Cyrus and witnessing the love he shares with his spouse Amanda made me experience the collection more intimately. I began tearing up from the first poem. The collection tenderly describes the end of a toxic relationship and the blossoming of a magical one. It honestly felt like a fairytale. Amanda was right when she stated that Cyrus was a "talented weaver of words...when he aches, you will ache." I ached. I ached indeed and it was so good.
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I received this as an ARC on Netgalley. I always try to read the poetry that is offered there because I like to support poets in many ways.

I wasn't aware ahead of time that Cyrus Parker is married to Amanda Lovelace, author of "The Princess Saves Herself in This One." The styles are identical across both works, structurally and thematically. I wasn't a huge fan of that book or that style of poetry, but I know many other people are right now.

This poet is culturally relevant and playing up to the
McKayla DeBonis
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cried. I cried so hard.

This collection is so beautiful, just wow.

I’m still crying over Cyrus’s beautiful words ugh!!
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, poetry, netgalley
I wasn't sure what to expect going in to this, but the idea of a professional wrestler writing poetry was too interesting for me to resist. Parker's verses definitely reflect some of the work of his wife, Amanda Lovelace, but manage to remain his own. He's got some great allusions and turns of phrase, and in this case the simplicity of language serves him really, really well. The journey from a bad relationship full of hurt and mistrust to a new, healthy one is a familiar story and probably bias ...more
Courtney Gower
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this was pure magic. I’ve never felt my own experiences so vividly like I did in this collection. the words struck me deeply and brought up feelings that have been dormant for some time. each detail was purposeful and well planned. the formatting of each poem being on the left or right side of the page, depending who it was about, was my absolute favorite detail. the little nods to amanda lovelace’s work was cute and appreciated by me as a fan.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Absolutely beautiful. The structure of how everything written has a purpose and really amplifies it, making it so the reader can really understand what type of emotions are on the page.
Gretchen Gomez
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
from drowning in a dark sea of lost love to swimming with a mermaid filled with hope, honesty, and a love that will never sink, DROPKICKromance wrestles with heartbreak and will win you over with poems of self-discovery, healing, and the fairytale ending you've always wanted to read.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've been looking forward to this book, and I'm so glad I wasn't disappointed. This was one of the most beautiful poetry books I've read so far.

The first part talks about his previous relationship with a woman. Which was an abusive and toxic relationship, from what I understood also a long distance relationship. Before moving to the bad parts of it, he talks about how he fell in love with this women. Then he moves on to how he realized it was toxic, how for some time he didn't care and finally h
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
DROPKICKromance was one of my most anticipated books of 2018 and it really met my expectations!

This poetry collection tells the story of a boy who endured a toxic relationship for way too long. It's hard to read because it's a story of heartbreak and it resonates. However, it also talks about healing, about learning to love and value yourself. Throughout his poems, Cyrus Parker presents a journey from a harmful relationship to a healthy one, from dishonesty and pain to trust and respect, from li
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-poetry
As someone dealing with a crisis of love (a.k.a recently single and facing the existential futility of trying to maintain a connection with someone other than myself) this book was a beacon of hope. That love can exist outside and inside of internal hurt. The poem if love wants me, it knows where to find me spoke to me and I felt the truth in those words. That poems represents one of the hardest lessons learnt from (good/bad) romance. I've learnt that lesson but it's a message of reconciliatio ...more
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry, netgalley, arc, ebooks
A beautiful poetry collection about love lost, and love found. I really liked that the second half of this is about the woman that wrote "The Princess Saves Herself in this One." I've read that poetry collection and just knowing the connection was really cool. Almost every page of this book had something beautiful written on it. I certainly enjoyed reading it.
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an early copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Release date: March 6th, 2018

Read on my blog.

This was one of the best and most powerful debut poetry collections I've read.

I loved the composition and how all the poems together told one story - I read the whole thing almost in one sitting because I was eager to know what happens next. The way Cyrus described every small detail of his two very different relationships was captivating, both the toxicity of the first relat
Dec 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful collection of poems from one of my favorite people on Twitter. It has the ability to resonate with every reader, a talent that I so admire. It's in turns heartwrenching and heartwarming, and tells the other half of the love story from the bestselling poetry collection THE PRINCESS SAVES HERSELF IN THIS ONE. When this book releases in March, I highly, highly recommend you pick it up.
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
It’s hard and feels strangely wrong to critique poetry.

As a poet I know the personal and deep intricate soulful detail that go into a piece. I find it, then, quite twisted to “review” a poetry collection.

This, though, I wanted to just write about a little.

Cyrus Parker lets his tears and his heart fall onto page after page as he exorcises demons and finds solace. It’s a personal description of a journey, and brings a hope to it’s darkness.

Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018, netgalley, poetry
*ARC received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

I wasn't such a fan of this work, I have started to realize that this kind of poetry isn't something that I "get." I could feel the honesty in the poems and I felt the overarching theme was clearly visible, but for me it didn't invoke any feelings.
Sophia Hanson
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A lovely debut from an even lovelier human.

Even knowing Cyrus as a friend, I had no idea what to expect diving into his debut collection of poetry. What I found was a flowing narrative that resonated with me deeply. With simple elegant language, he gave us a glimpse into the rise and fall of a toxic relationship, and of course the blossoming of his relationship with Amanda. Nods to The Princess Saves Herself in This One present throughout, but DROPKICKromance stands on its own.

I think the most
Mar 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley-e-arc
This poetry collection felt alive. That is the best way I can think of describing it. It takes the reader through a really toxic relationship and the emotional baggage that comes with that. And then it takes you through a healthy relationship, a healing one. And it, in a similar way, breaks your heart and then puts it back together. Cyrus creates sympathy with his poetry. He paints very beautiful images with his words and reading it, I can see everything. It was beautiful and I can’t wait to see ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-read

This was such an wonderful collection and I really enjoyed it so much.
Julia Sapphire
Aug 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, romance, verse
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When you’re feeling every word by page 2 and a sobbing wreck by the end...

Just yes.
Jenefer R
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-read
Wow. This book contains more raw heart and soul than you can imagine. These poems were real and open and honest. I think Cyrus Parker definitely has a bright future as a poet, especially if he keeps it as real as he has so far. Lilting and beautiful poetry that is both sincere and relatable.
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cyrus parker is a pro-wrestler-turned-poet hailing from a small town in new jersey alongside wife and poetess amanda lovelace and their two ragdoll cats, macchiato and rosé. a self-described “big goth kid,” cyrus has an affinity for dark eyeshadow, dark clothes, enamel pins, and dropkicking the gender binary.
“let’s build
bookshelves together
and fill them
with our story.

—ours will always be my favorite.
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