A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.
"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, who penned a beautiful foreword for the book. This collection takes you by hand and brings you on a journey through first love, heartbreak, and learning to love again.
|Publisher:||Andrews McMeel Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||4.90(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
cyrus parker is a pro-wrestler-turned-poet hailing from a small town in new jersey alongside wife and poetess, amanda lovelace, and their tailless white ragdoll cat, macchiato. a self-described “big goth kid,” cyrus has an affinity for dark eyeshadow, dark clothes, enamel pins, and dropkicking the gender binary.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I had no expectations when I picked up a copy of this book. I am a fan of Amanda’s work and was genuinely excited for them to release their books together. But coming into this, I didn’t want to expect anything or compare to Amanda’s work because they are their own separate and unique artists. And I can’t express enough how well Cyrus did. There were so many poems that stung. I related deeply on levels I wish I didn’t. But my absolute favorite poems were the ones he wrote about the love of his life. I found them heartwarming and I gushed especially because I could put a face to those particular pieces. I am so proud of them both and cannot wait to see what the future of creativity holds for Cyrus in the future!
Cyrus Parker’s debut poetry anthology, DROPKICKromance, is a stunning example of the modern poetic narrative. Written in a series of snapshot vignettes, it explores the stresses of a toxic romance on one’s identity and the difficult process of moving past trauma. An exploration of losing and finding love, DROPKICKromance goes beyond the damage of broken hearts, to insights into rebuilding one’s world—and oneself—before moving into a healthy relationship. The latter half of the anthology, which explores Parker’s relationship with fellow poet (now wife) Amanda Lovelace, has a warmth and connection that echoes the love poems Robert Browning wrote for Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Cyrus Parker’s voice is clear and raw. True to the title, his poems have kick. In a world of toxic masculinity, DROPKICKromance brings a sensitive, male perspective of love and loss which carries both painful insights and much-needed hope. Highly recommended.
Seriously folks, this book hit me hard in the feels, and it kept hitting me at unexpected times throughout the entire thing. I would think I was past the things that were going to strike a chord, and then another one would come along. While I’ve followed Cyrus Parker on social media for at least a couple of years, and have seen some of his poetry in that time, I was not at all prepared for this book or for how much I would relate to some of the poems. My tablet died halfway through reading this, and I was happy about it because it forced me to take a break and pull myself together before diving back in. I went through a lot of emotions while reading this, and it wasn’t a bad thing. It was kind of cathartic, actually. I felt some anger, sympathy, empathy, hope, happiness, nostalgia, and sadness, and honestly sometimes I think I felt all of those at once. Weirdly, I only got teary-eyed during the first half of the book, but during the second half I was ugly crying all over my tablet. I think those were mostly happy-tears, though. This collection is so brutally honest and heartbreaking (at least in the beginning), but beautifully written, and I can’t remember the last time I went through a poetry book so quickly. (I usually end up reading one over the course of 2-5 days in small chunks.) If my tablet hadn’t died when it did, I would have read this in one sitting for sure. I’ve been anxiously waiting for this book for about a year, and it was so worth the wait. I was looking forward to it, but also nervous and worried I wouldn’t like it, or wouldn’t love it. Those fears turned out to be completely unfounded, because I. Freaking. LOVED this book. It’s definitely made my list of all-time-favorite poetry collections (and probably books, in general), and I’m dying to get a physical copy. Do I recommend it? Heck yes I do! Cyrus Parker is a talented poet and I’m looking forward to reading more from him in the future.
This collection of poetry flows so well. It is neat reading the work and seeing the introspection and emotional growth that comes from it.