A Love Story
Author: Maggie Millner
A dazzling love story in poems about one woman’s coming-out, coming-of-age, and coming undone.
I had let my life become a story.
Degradation was a theme, and rivalry,
passion and submission, happenstance.
The only moral was the pressure of her hands . . .
A woman lives an ordinary life in Brooklyn. She has a boyfriend. They share a cat. She writes poems in the prevailing style. She also has dreams: of being seduced by a throng of older women, of kissing a friend in a dorm-room closet. But the dreams are private, not real.
One night, she meets another woman at a bar, and an escape hatch swings open in the floor of her life. She falls into a consuming affair—into queerness, polyamory, kink, power and loss, humiliation and freedom, and an enormous surge of desire that lets her leave herself behind.
Maggie Millner’s captivating, seductive debut is a love story in poems that explores obsession, gender, identity, and the art and act of literary transformation. In rhyming couplets and prose vignettes, Couplets chronicles the strictures, structures, and pitfalls of relationships—the mirroring, the pleasing, the small jealousies and disappointments—and how the people we love can show us who we truly are.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In The News
“A stunning debut, an instant classic . . . Sexy, sophisticated, surprising, propulsive, worldly, tender, formally masterful: who knew the nineteenth-century novel would find an astonishing critical efflorescence in poetry, in Brooklyn, in the twenty-first century?”
—Maureen N. McLane, author of More Anon: Poems
"Couplets is a dazzling, virtuosic, and highly inventive debut––and one of the best books I have read in a long time . . . This book has changed me."
—Aria Aber, author of Hard Damage