Poetry. Women's Studies. Jewish Studies. Laura Boss' newest collection THE BEST LOVER continues the author's signature style of audacious, irreverent, ironic narrative poems that somehow often fuse heartbreak, humor and intensity in unflinchingly honest poems that explore relationships: both family relationships and lovers, including living with the "L'Enfant Terrible" Beat poet that Allen Ginsberg called the best poet of the last quarter of the 20th Century. This book examines the grief that follows a long term relationship, 9/11, internet dating, the randomness of fate and the way choices made or not made affect the course of our lives. Baudelaire said, "the worst sin of poetry is to be boring." Laura Boss' poems are never boring. Ultimately, the book transcends its author's journey and becomes an adventure of survival with which each reader can identify.
Laura Boss (1938-2021) is a first place winner of Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. She was the sole representative of the USA at the XXVI International Struga Poetry Festival. In 2011 she received the First International Poetry Prize at the first International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. She is a recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships. Founder and Editor of the poetry magazine Lips, her own most recent books include Arms: New and Selected Poems, Flashlight (both Guernica Editions), THE BEST LOVER (NYQ Books, 2017), and FAMILY PROMISES (NYQ Books, 2021). A Dodge Poet, her poems have appeared in The Poets of New Jersey from Colonial to Contemporary and The New York Times.Author City: PATERSON, NJ USA