Romance or the End

Romance or the End Review

Romance or The End takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elaine Kahn unspools the fundamental instability of truth, love, and language to create an experiential portrait of narrative’s power to both disfigure and restore.

Title:Romance or the End
Edition Language:English

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    Romance or the End Reviews

  • Kathleen

    "I want so much long fake hairand I want to win a dance offI want to be disciplinedand prompt, I wantto cumby barely even movingdesire really can be simple." (112)...

  • Delany Holcomb

    Throughout this entire collection I was trapped in a state of limbo between wanting to clap and scream "hell yes" and wanting to wrap my arms around myself and cry. This is genius prose that everyone ...

  • Andrew

    When paired with its contents, the title of this collection alone can generate so many interpretations. Is this the End of Romance? Is Romance the End goal? Are these things disguised as each other, o...

  • Amber Stewart

    Each page was heartfelt and you could feel the emotions of the author. Many of the poems are short, but they convey so much depth within each line and word....

  • Mo

    ARC given by Edelweiss for Honest ReviewRomance or the End is a colorful poetry collection that focuses on the break between self and others when trauma happens. Somewhat religious undertones but over...

  • Soft Skull

    Romance or The End takes up the tools of romantic narrative in order to perform the rupture between self and story that occurs at the onset of trauma. Using known and pathologized literary arcs, Elain...

  • Andrea Trenary

    I won this via goodreads. And it was awful. I wouldnt recommend it to anyone. Hard pass....

  • Sharon

    I bought this and finished it before the Covid 19. Now, I am reading it again. There are passages that get right to the heart of being female. Or human, either way. I keep going back to it because som...

  • BW Diederich

    one of the blurbs compared it to a basket of snakes or something and that is exactly right, writhing and alive. its beautiful and funny and sad and angry. gonna start it again tomorrow....

  • Maria

    Thank you Goodreads, Elaine Kahn (author), and Soft Skull Press (publisher) for sending a review copy!-This is a book of contemporary poetry, arranged into chapters with section titles to provide some...