Rating: ★★★★ (4 stars)
Title: Stubborn Lover
Poet: Christina Hopp
Where to buy: Amazon
Summary: “A collection of 21 poems on the fragility of human nature.” (Source: Goodreads)
Content Warnings: suffocation, corpses, death, blood, anxiety, knife, suicidal thoughts, alcohol, vivid description of cutting a heart out, use of f*cking.
Christina Hopp’s poetry collection is incredibly abstract and ambiguous. I connected with some poems more than others, mostly lines than whole poems. The collection is quite chaotic, changing tone and imagery every line or so, but it was quite exhilarating in places. You honestly can’t predict this collection.
I cried in the bathtub
over whatever God’s last straw was.
I felt sorry for whoever pulled it out.
– Meeting My True Colours
In all honesty, I cannot even begin to imagine what the line means. God seems to punish the speaker for something, but that something isn’t really explained. What is God’s last straw? Who pulled it out? Why? So many questions. All I know is that this line affected me.
And I can’t forgive you for letting
me wander –
for being the creator of everything
that is dirty.
– In The Centre Of The Hild
After reading the collection once, I re-read it, and I realised that the collection is (more or less) a one-sided conversation between a frustrated believer/Christian and God. The believer appears to be at odds with God, they are almost enraged that God has made them this way.
Why did I read it?
I was curious about the theme of fragility mentioned in the summary.
Does the poet have other works?
Christina Hopp has written another poetry collection titled The Morning After Relapse.
As an agnostic person, I quite liked this collection. The theme of God is not that obvious from the title, Stubborn Lover, but perhaps the title signifies the struggles of a believer. If you enjoy spiritual, melancholic poetry, then this is for you.
– Melissa Jennings