Love Crimes by Sayde Scarlett

by Barbara Scott
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Love Crimes is a raw and moving collection of poems about relationships by debut poet Sayde Scarlett.

Largely consisting of epitaphs to love lost, the collection begins with an invitation to “Engage Me.” In “The Play” the poet writes her lover and herself into a drama, asking wistfully, “How does it end, this play?” In a litany of complaints about lovers who have done her wrong, Scarlett’s bitterness seethes: “You were the vulture, I the carcass”; “You had me by the soul, or by the wrists.” “To Touch To Taste” and “Skin” show that love sometimes deepens, but more likely, fades away over time.…

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