Marilyn Kallet’s The Love that Moves Me is a collection of love poems inspired by Dante’s Inferno, as well as by Rimbaud’s relationship with Verlaine, and by Orpheus and Eurydice. These days Beatrice and Dante find themselves in France, Indiana, and in East Tennessee, bickering at NASCAR. Love is the unifying factor, song is the vehicle, descent is a constant, with re-emergence thankfully part of the narrative.
Surrealist humor abounds as Benjamin Péret bursts some Romantic bubbles with his exclamations. This is a sensual and resonant collection offering hints of heaven in the love lyrics, touching upon a range of emotions and forms, from traditional pantoums to experimental verse. The Love that Moves Me was published by Black Widow Press in March 2013.
“Kallet’s poems are like a huge box of fine chocolates, both light and dark, to be savored one by one. They are exuberant and urgent. The ones wrapped in gold foil are hilarious.” (Bobbie Ann Mason)
“Brash and sassy, Kallet roars in, pulling in her wake Baudelaire, Dante, old lovers, dead parents, Eurydice, Beatric—a whole cast and chorus. Embracing myth, the holocaust, both hemispheres, and Charles Darwin with a headache, this is one big book. What can’t she do? The tone: funny, dead serious, and everything in between. Her advice? “Tell your words / to put their cards / on the table / and on the desk / and on the forest paths.” Why not. “I’m Marilyn / of Tennessee” she announces in her irrepressible voice. You better believe it!” (Alice Friman)
“Marilyn Kallet writes with candor, infectious humor, and verve. Her poems keep delivering enjoyable jolts that you do not see coming…” (X. J. Kennedy)