by Angelo Colavita
Cover art by Dylan Garrett Smith
Flowersonnets navigates the ephemerality of love and the permanence of death through language so gorgeous, it will take your breath away: “flounders about / the hyacinth créme / de menthe she’s / dreaming this / a sleep / she’s ceased / breathing.” While these poems often channel the linguistically perfumed voices of past poets like Baudelaire, Colavita reinvents the sonnet through his inclusion of careful shaping, breaks, and blankness, making each poem entirely his own. Decadent, elegiac, and devastating in their Ophelia-esque darkness — Angelo Colavita’s Flowersonnets is the collection of contemporary love poems you’ve been longing for, which is to say it isn’t quite like anything you’ve ever seen.
— Kailey Tedesco, author of She Used to be on a Milk Carton (April Gloaming Publishing) and Lizzie, Speak (White Stag Publishing)