Bloom in Reverse

Bloom in Reverse

by Teresa Leo


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Bloom in Reverse chronicles the aftermath of a friend's suicide and the end of a turbulent relationship, working through devastation and loss while on a search for solace that spans from local bars to online dating and beyond to ultimately find true connection and sustaining love. Things move backwards, from death to life, like a reverse time-lapse video of a dead flower morphing from brittle, scorched entity to floral glory to nacsent bud. The poems seek to find those places where the natural world connects to and informs experiences at the core of human relationships, and at times call upon principles and theories from physics and mathematics to describe the complexities of love and loss. It's a book where grief, melancholy, heartbreak, and disillusionment intersect with urban romanticism, hope, possibility, and love. Bloom is all of it, the terrible and the beautiful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822962977
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 02/05/2014
Series: Pitt Poetry Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Teresa Leo is the author of the poetry collection The Halo Rule, which won the Elixir Press Editors’ Prize. She is the recipient of a Pew fellowship, a Leeway Foundation grant, two Pennsylvania Council on the Arts fellowships, and the Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She serves on the board of Musehouse, a center for the literary arts in Philadelphia, and works at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

I No

Confession 3

The Fifth Vital Sign 4

Suicide Is a Mind Stripping Petals off Flowers 5

"Eating Is an Act of Optimism" 6

She Said: It's Not That Things Bring Us to Tears, but Rather, There Are Tears in Things 8

Memory Is a Kind of Broken Promise 9

Bronze 11

Poem for a Troubled Room 13

Fly Haiku 16

Virginia Farm Haunting 17

Metempsychosis 19

I Have Drinks with My Dead Friend's Ex-Boyfriend 21

After Twelve Months, Someone Tells Me It's Time to Join the Living 23

II Wolves in Shells

Into the Salvage Yard 27

Home Is a Four-Letter Word 29

Golden Ratio 31

Mausoleum of the Unfixable 32

Split Screen 37

Constant 38

Your Rose Bush 40

Last Call Sestina 41

Transemotional 43

Daylilies 45

III Hidden Wings

Miniature 49

Chaos Theory 51

My Friend Asks What I've Been Doing Lately, and by This She Means Men 54

Poem Ending with Six Words from a Women's Room Stall 55

Mechanical Reproduction 57

Online Dating 59

Earth, Hair, Fire, Water 61

New York City 63

The Heart Has the Capacity to Break and Reset a Million Times 65

IV Passenger

Elegy, Two Years Later 69

The Exactness of Birds 71

Ex as CSI Episode 73

Nine Man 74

And Then You 75

The Last Good Man 77

Hooke's Law 79

Force 80

Love as the Circle-to-Land Approach 82

Horseshoe Crabs 84

Advice for a Dying Fern 88

Acknowledgments 91

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