“I am hopelessly in love with a memory. An echo from another time, another place.” – Michael Faudet
Dirty Pretty Things is a compilation of erotic poetry and short stories by Michael Faudet. This book first caught my attention because of the beautiful cover art and, of course, the very intriguing title. And what can i say, it did definitely not disappoint. The whole book is a mix of beautiful descriptions of love and loss combined with honest and well written representations of relationships, lust and sex. All of it beautifully introduced by Lang Leav, who herself is, in my opinion, one of the most talented contemporary poets.
To be honest, I think writing a review on poetry is one of the most difficult things to do, because even more so than prose, it is extremely subjective and that’s what it is supposed to be after all. Nevertheless I wanted to share my thoughts on Dirty Pretty Things, because I think it is a great read, for both, fans of poetry and those who are still not sure whether it is their cup of tea. A lot of the poems moved me deeply and the many different ways in which Faudet uses language, plays with it, just shows what an incredibly talented writer he is.
Dirty Pretty Things is a book I will definitely pick up time and time again, because there are always new things to discover and it has become one of my instant faves when it comes to contemporary poetry.