Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Title: Cold Sober
Poet: Theresa Sopko
Where to buy: Amazon
Summary: “Cold Sober is a delicate and organic collection of poems that chart the journey from scepticism to fulfilment.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: intimate relationship
Theresa Sopko’s poetry details the fears of a relationship and observes the small things. The collection is defined as love poetry, but it also delves into the thoughts and feelings of a person in a relationship with someone else, and those thoughts and feelings aren’t always exactly romantic. I related to most of the poetry as fear is a natural human tendency when placed in a vulnerable situation, like a relationship.
Some of Sopko’s lines got to me:
You were mine
I wasn’t yours
In the way I expected of you.
– The Problem With Unspoken Agreements
These lines open Sopko’s poem, and literally, in the first six words, I was destroyed. What a heartbreaking opener. The third line is interesting as it implies an expectation and a different kind of belonging.
Of course I wanted to touch him
Some kind of assurance that
He was there
And we were ourselves
And we always would be.
– First Date II
This particular poem was rather haunting. The theme of insecurity is prevalent throughout Sopko’s collection, but here, the speaker is worried that the other person is not real. As previously mentioned, the collection analyses fear, but to elaborate, the fear appears to be rooted in the present – a fear of the end.
Why did I read it?
I was intrigued by the idea of a collection detailing the beginning and the end of a relationship.
Does the poet have other works?
Theresa Sopko has written a novel titled Bewilderments of the Eyes. I’ll be adding that to be my TBR list!
Cold Sober was moving and had some really powerful images and metaphors. If you enjoy love poetry that takes you on a roller-coaster of a journey, then this is for you.
– Melissa Jennings
What other love poetry collections have you read and enjoyed?
Let me know!