Review: DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker


Title: DROPKICKromance

Author: Cyrus Parker

Genre: Poetry

Publication Date: March 6, 2018

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.

A collection of autobiographical poetry about healing and learning to love again from professional-wrestler-turned-poet, Cyrus Parker.

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 his current relationship with poet Amanda Lovelace. Ultimately, the collection tells about a profound journey of healing.

Poetry is a new genre for me, so I don’t consider myself an expert by any means. I found Cyrus through Amanda Lovelace, whose work I enjoy immensely. I’m happy to report that I connected with Cyrus’ work just as much as I did Amanda’s. DROPKICKromance begins by telling the story of an unhealthy relationship that dragged on for far, far too long, destroying the people in it. The tone of the poems shifts entirely the moment Amanda comes into the picture, and it’s absolutely beautiful to witness. As someone whose sense of self was absolutely destroyed by a toxic relationship when I was young, I could easily find myself in the pain and anger depicted in that first half. Thankfully, I was also able to feel the second half, as I also found love and myself eventually.

If you are familiar with and enjoy Amanda’s work, you will more than likely enjoy DROPKICKromance. I’m really excited to see what else Cyrus puts out in the future. I give this title 5 out of 5 stars.

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