Unrequited by Patti Sirens
FORTHCOMING MARCH 2019
Patti intended this collection to be a collage of relationships-those that went awry, or ended too soon, or where the two lovers involved were not well-matched in their dedication or devotion to the relationship. She wrote these poems as a catharsis, an exorcism, a healing. They are interwoven with the seasons and nature, to show the passage of time and how these affairs of the heart started, progressed, and broken down, and how they colored and affected other aspects of the poet's life. Her intention is to celebrate the finding of love and the spark of desire, and to acknowledge the ways in which, despite our best intentions, we sometimes fall short of love; how longing for an other is often a longing for something inside ourselves which we haven't yet discovered, and how a lover is often a mirror for that strength or gift inside us. In many of these pieces is the poet's desire to "get it right" and she wanted to express that maybe just the risk of loving another, and being loved--sometimes not in the ways the poet had wanted or expected, but with a willingness to go for a wild ride, regardless of where it ended--is in itself "getting it right." For the poet, these relationships were indeed a wild ride, and she invites the reader to come along, in the experience of these poems.
~Raggedy Andey, author of The Powder Room
Fierce, biting and tender aren’t words that usually go together but then Patti Sirens, as befits her name, is anything but usual. Her poems are a siren call, and watch out—read one and it’ll stay with you for days. Her language is vigorous and honest; her words have flesh. She is unrestrained, more fist than open palm, but when she releases that hold, a delicate butterfly or a small bird emerges.
~Patrice Vecchione, editor of Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience
PATTI SIRENS “is not the queen of hokey pokey”. She is a poet “preparing for the beloved.” She is a falling star “after the punk rock band broke up.” Always impatient to “knock the world off its head” with Language. Once “a magician sawed her in half,” she was UNREQUITED. Enter a lush, intoxicating sexy miracle. Find “Sweet. Heart.” If you are waiting for the world. This is it.
-Joanne W. James, poet and co-creator with Patti Sirens of the women’s writing collective, Tribe Through Time.