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Romance or The End takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elaine Kahn unspools the fundamental instability of truth, love, and language to create an experiential portrait of narratives power to both disfigure and restore. ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Soft Skull Press
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Kathleen
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
"I want so much long fake hair
and I want to win a dance off

I want to be disciplined
and prompt, I want

to cum
by barely even moving

desire really can be simple."

(112)
Delany Holcomb
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Throughout this entire collection I was trapped in a state of limbo between wanting to clap and scream "hell yes" and wanting to wrap my arms around myself and cry. This is genius prose that everyone should read. Powerful words, gripping topics, and raw honesty ripple through each poem and I don't think there's a single one I could pick out to like more or less than the others. I entreat everyone to read Elaine Kahns "Romance or The End", it's absolutely brilliant and reflective. ...more
Andrew
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
When paired with its contents, the title of this collection alone can generate so many interpretations. Is this the End of Romance? Is Romance the End goal? Are these things disguised as each other, one and the same? These sparse and powerful pieces communicate the duality of hyper-emotional and the feeling of nothingness. What isn't said is just as loud as what is. Kahn's latest collection is my favorite sort of poetry-- a little sardonic, a dash of cynicism, and peppered with wit. She just ...more
Amber Stewart
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Each page was heartfelt and you could feel the emotions of the author. Many of the poems are short, but they convey so much depth within each line and word.
Mo
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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ARC given by Edelweiss for Honest Review

Romance or the End is a colorful poetry collection that focuses on the break between self and others when trauma happens. Somewhat religious undertones but overall accessible to all audiences. My favorite poems from this are "There Is Nothing More To Life Than This" and "Women Wear Clothes To Demonstrate Grief."
Soft Skull
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, winter-2020
Romance or The End takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elaine Kahn unspools the fundamental instability of truth, love, and language to create an experiential portrait of narratives power to both disfigure and restore. ...more
Andrea Trenary
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
I won this via goodreads.
And it was awful.
I wouldnt recommend it to anyone.
Hard pass.
...more
Sharon
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I bought this and finished it before the Covid 19. Now, I am reading it again. There are passages that get right to the heart of being female. Or human, either way. I keep going back to it because some of it is just so good!!
BW Diederich
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
one of the blurbs compared it to a basket of snakes or something and that is exactly right, writhing and alive. its beautiful and funny and sad and angry. gonna start it again tomorrow. ...more
Maria
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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Thank you Goodreads, Elaine Kahn (author), and Soft Skull Press (publisher) for sending a review copy!
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This is a book of contemporary poetry, arranged into chapters with section titles to provide some additional flow. The poems encompass the themes and dynamics of romance, gender roles, the relationship between genders, dating, and love. I particularly enjoyed the ROMANCE poems, which feel almost like a chorus or refrain due to the way theyre included repeatedly at the end of each chapter.

A few
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Stephanie Kerr
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Romance or the End is a book of poetry. I did not realize that when I entered the Goodreads giveaway that brought it to me. I will be the first to admit that poetry is not my strong suit. I have a tough time understanding what poets are trying to say. However, if we only read things we already understand, we never learn anything, so I was more than happy to give this book a shot. After reading it once fairly quickly, then again much slower, I got the sense that general tone was unhappy. That's ...more
Anneliese Grassi
Mar 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
Romance or The End? I choose the end, and I was glad I got to it. I like to think I am well rounded and open minded, but to me, this just seemed like a bunch of words randomly on pages. Maybe I am missing something, I dont know.

There were a few that were quite lovely, and my favorite was the books namesake, which was at the very end of the book. But overall, this kind of just went over my head.

I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
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Michelle Arredondo
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Engaging and beautiful. I was engulfed in all kinds of emotions with this book. Heartfelt, dramatic, gives you all the feels. Relatable, thought provoking, and raw. This book gives so much and yet you will finish it craving even more.

Truly worth the time. Highly recommend.

Thanks to the good people of goodreads and to the publisher for my copy of this book won via giveaway. I received. I read. I reviewed honestly and voluntarily.
Reese Bryant
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
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I mean, what is this? I kept laughing while reading this because I dont understand this book at all. 2 ⭐⭐ because maybe Im the one with the problem? That I cant appreciate contemporary poetry? Did I miss something? I dont know. I will just leave my confusion here.

Thanks to Goodreads and Soft Skull Press for this free copy.
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Tracy
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This was just a book I couldn't get into for one reason or another. I gave it 3 stars, because maybe it is not my type of poetry, maybe too dark, maybe too "troubled" feeling. Clearly poetry is a very personal thing. Let's just say, it's not you, it's me.
Sarah Swaid
Feb 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Might not be privileged enough to understand what was happening in this collection, but was not a fan.
Thorson
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book
Jackie Keller
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Has potential, but mostly too experimental for me.
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