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Love & Vodka is a poetry book that will touch you deeply. Christina Strigas can bring you into her world and make you feel a part of her story. She takes words and draws you into them until you feel each one with raw intensity. She is a natural-born poet. This poetry book is full of passion, lust and longing with a tour de force that will move the reader with an attention Love & Vodka is a poetry book that will touch you deeply. Christina Strigas can bring you into her world and make you feel a part of her story. She takes words and draws you into them until you feel each one with raw intensity. She is a natural-born poet. This poetry book is full of passion, lust and longing with a tour de force that will move the reader with an attention to detail and moments in time. Christina Strigas shows a vulnerabiity in this poetry collection not seen before. Love & Vodka is Christina Strigas' third poetry book. This book is written for all the hearts that shatter, that are transparent, that crack, rebuild and see truth. This is for the souls that connect through words. The poems in this book will make you breathless from their honesty. This poetry collection is full of poems that will make you contemplate the magic of connections disconnections, rejection, love, drinking, pain, marriage, loneliness, honor and the perils of living so many lifetimes in one. Delve into poetry head first and read passages over again to connect. This book has a modern feel with an ancient way of writing. Inspired by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and modern poets such as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins to name a few, Christina Strigas uses stream of consciousness to devour themes and words and spurt them forth into a poem. A contemporary poetry book that will not disappoint you and that will restore your faith into the power of poetry again.


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Love & Vodka is a poetry book that will touch you deeply. Christina Strigas can bring you into her world and make you feel a part of her story. She takes words and draws you into them until you feel each one with raw intensity. She is a natural-born poet. This poetry book is full of passion, lust and longing with a tour de force that will move the reader with an attention Love & Vodka is a poetry book that will touch you deeply. Christina Strigas can bring you into her world and make you feel a part of her story. She takes words and draws you into them until you feel each one with raw intensity. She is a natural-born poet. This poetry book is full of passion, lust and longing with a tour de force that will move the reader with an attention to detail and moments in time. Christina Strigas shows a vulnerabiity in this poetry collection not seen before. Love & Vodka is Christina Strigas' third poetry book. This book is written for all the hearts that shatter, that are transparent, that crack, rebuild and see truth. This is for the souls that connect through words. The poems in this book will make you breathless from their honesty. This poetry collection is full of poems that will make you contemplate the magic of connections disconnections, rejection, love, drinking, pain, marriage, loneliness, honor and the perils of living so many lifetimes in one. Delve into poetry head first and read passages over again to connect. This book has a modern feel with an ancient way of writing. Inspired by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and modern poets such as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins to name a few, Christina Strigas uses stream of consciousness to devour themes and words and spurt them forth into a poem. A contemporary poetry book that will not disappoint you and that will restore your faith into the power of poetry again.

30 review for Love & Vodka: a book of poetry for glass hearts

  1. 5 out of 5

    J.D. Estrada

    When it comes to poetry, it’s not common to get a collection that includes all the voices and approaches of a single author. Love and Vodka is not a common collection and instead a wide variety of the different voices within the mind and soul of Christina Strigas. From poetry that disarms with its honesty, up to and including erotic poetry, Strigas pushed for a collection that does not ask for any apologies and is absolutely her. From poignant to raw, she covers all the bases and more than once When it comes to poetry, it’s not common to get a collection that includes all the voices and approaches of a single author. Love and Vodka is not a common collection and instead a wide variety of the different voices within the mind and soul of Christina Strigas. From poetry that disarms with its honesty, up to and including erotic poetry, Strigas pushed for a collection that does not ask for any apologies and is absolutely her. From poignant to raw, she covers all the bases and more than once offers some deeply emotional insights which I think can educate as well as liberate. Language and subject matter can be more on the adult side of life, but after all, the title says it all. If you have a drink normally different liquors are used in proportions to offer a smooth experience in the palate. Since this is such a comprehensive collection, it’s as if there are a whole series of poetic drinks where Love and Vodka are the main ingredients. Some are straight up strong, others are silky, some are delicate, and other feelings like sweet, intimate, warm, friendly, angry, raw, confused, hopeless, and hopeful all make appearances in this collection. Although I tried to maintain discipline to single out a couple of poems, I’m sure I’m missing more, but among the highlights, I can mention a few. Loving a writer. One of the shorter poems still packs one hell of a punch, especially to fellow writers. “Loving a writer is only for the strong, the ones who care to stare at the sky with you, or at a locked door.” There’s a lot of truth in those lines and the others in that poem and it was so honest, I couldn’t help but bookmark it. Used up follows this pattern of brutal honesty within metaphors that will mean something different to different people: “you should’ve played me like a piano, not a used up broken stringed guitar.” Some poems are longer, but I constantly found myself shocked back into existence with some of the quicker writes. Oceans away took 7 lines to leave me disarmed. “The Art in Me” is an in your face look at love and sex while “Untitled” is as honest a stream of thought as it gets: “I never got your attention when I needed it the most.” For its part, “Tell me” is another of those poems that hints at truths in how we behave and the things that we do for one more glimpse of someone. And of course, “Love and Vodka” had to be on this list: “It was the vodka combined with your eyes that gave me your love in a shot glass.” Earnest, honest, varied, deep, raw. All these words and many more should be used to describe this collection. It is definitely worth your time and I am happy to be able to have this collection to add to the poetry that inspires me to release the words and be as honest as paper and ink will allow me… which is pretty damn honest, if you ask any poet.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Huma Adnan

    The plain blue cover and amazing interior is not only thing which attracts you to Christina's book. But her poems touch your heart! She writes in a way that anyone can feel connected. Love the book!!! ❤️

  3. 4 out of 5

    Susan Marie

    This volume is one of heartbreak, loss, love passion and growth. Christina manages to entice the reader into her world through utilizing modern themes that suit everyday existence. My most treasured line in the entire volume is, "loving a writer is only for the strong."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Anon

    Love & Vodka, poetry from the heart of a hurricane. A beautiful work of poetry, achingly honest in its expression of truth, what it is to be human and cherished observations of compassionate understanding. 6 parts of individual poems arranged loosely around themes of love, human connections and frailties, of burning joyously passionate lust and throughout, the meaningful expression, be seen and wildly present in a life bound by writing. Thus, in brevity, without spoilers the first 5 parts: 1. The dr Love & Vodka, poetry from the heart of a hurricane. A beautiful work of poetry, achingly honest in its expression of truth, what it is to be human and cherished observations of compassionate understanding. 6 parts of individual poems arranged loosely around themes of love, human connections and frailties, of burning joyously passionate lust and throughout, the meaningful expression, be seen and wildly present in a life bound by writing. Thus, in brevity, without spoilers the first 5 parts: 1. The draw as a writer and urgency in being real, aware of your part in the universe, presence between lovers, how memory and meaning hold us. 2. Thoughts and missives of a writers mind, internal dialogue of what was, should have and how it is. 3. Of love, intrigues and ironies, ways only a poet can capture the crash of it all, coming together and other bittersweet truths. 4. How lovers set fire to each other, deepest kisses and truth serum, shot by shot. 5. Ghosts of meaning, realities of ageing, letting go, of haunting grief and the magic of life's blessings, sharing space and the balance of want that may drive a heroine. The gentle caresses of the earlier parts, are here revealed by the final part of unbridled poetry, each verse is art, open and still pounding on the page. 6. Challenges that come with commitment and the need of word in a writers life, to be inhabited by metaphor and memory, how our narrative is not just our own. Highly recommend, to be read and savoured over and over. Story form narrative, love, challenge and truth that surrounds a writers soul, allows a poet to feel alive and abide in hope. The first five chapter's warm you, gently coaxing the reader to understand the poet, to understand a different way of seeing as art, the final chapter opens the poets thousand year soul to the reader, joyously reaches in, grabbing you by the heart with the pounding reality of life consumed by the depth of beloved word. 5 stars: highly recommended Review by CwtchyHobbes, Twitter follower and poetry fan.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas R. Langton

    A brilliant wise, witty, and sexy collection of poems. This being my first encounter with Christina's books I can gladly say it was well received. I first encountered her on Twitter, her poems are hard-hitting, smooth, sensual, and daring. While being in a clear modern style. My personal favourite portion of the book was the more risque poems, she pulls no punches and isn't afraid to be a woman, with Love & Vodka, her words are beautiful & brave. I will be looking to get her other poetry books s A brilliant wise, witty, and sexy collection of poems. This being my first encounter with Christina's books I can gladly say it was well received. I first encountered her on Twitter, her poems are hard-hitting, smooth, sensual, and daring. While being in a clear modern style. My personal favourite portion of the book was the more risque poems, she pulls no punches and isn't afraid to be a woman, with Love & Vodka, her words are beautiful & brave. I will be looking to get her other poetry books soon. And I advise anyone else interested, to read this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Merissa Kate

    I finished this book very quickly! The poems seemed carefully chosen and more like a diary than just a book of poetry. It was intimate and relatable. There were a few poems that were my favorites including Toast, Awakenings, and "Read Me." So many relatable poems that I will come back to again and again.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Freesiab

    I am a big fan of poetry and I really enjoyed her ability to be vulnerable and raw. I enjoyed the shorter pieces but every poem I reread to get the full effect. There was so much that was relatable, which is what makes poetry successful.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    Love and Vodka is evocative and sensual in parts, bittersweet and stormy in others. But, always powerful. While Ms Strigas has broken it down into parts, each one connects with the next to create a roadmap through the mind and heart of a wonderful poet. In part one, there is a sense of a haunted knowing, a heart that is pulling in a different direction. But, there is also wisdom in these words. While all of her writings are personal, I was especially drawn to Conversations with my daughter. Ther Love and Vodka is evocative and sensual in parts, bittersweet and stormy in others. But, always powerful. While Ms Strigas has broken it down into parts, each one connects with the next to create a roadmap through the mind and heart of a wonderful poet. In part one, there is a sense of a haunted knowing, a heart that is pulling in a different direction. But, there is also wisdom in these words. While all of her writings are personal, I was especially drawn to Conversations with my daughter. There is a different kind of intimacy here that allows a behind the scenes glimpse. A dreamer and a realist. A mom trying to show her daughter the bigger role of the universe. Part two is filled with a craving. You can feel the ache in these words. My favorite piece calls out to the universe itself. Part three is called modern love, which fits these pieces perfectly. Her words capture the way love feels now. In Tell Me, you can feel the ache for answers, but also the desire to be whatever she is needed to be. And, I think most readers can relate to that feeling. In part four, we get a carnal seductiveness. Each piece is filled with need. The title piece, Love and Vodka, captures the intensity of desire and lust. It paints love as addictive and destructive and absolutely necessary. Part five is very stream of conscious writing. It is prose that delves deep with both wonderful and bitter truths. In Blue, she perfectly captures longing and how distance creates its own memories. It's beautifully raw and real. In the last section, she takes you by the heart with words that leave no emotion unexplored. She writes to the reader, daring us not to feel something, daring us not to find ourselves in her words. Ms Strigas is always a pleasure to read, and her third book doesn't disappoint. Her words are messy and gritty and magic, and I love every one. Ashley

  9. 4 out of 5

    D.B. Moone

    In the Book Description of Love & Vodka: A Book of Poetry for Glass Hearts , we read, “This book has a modern feel with an ancient way of writing. Inspired by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and modern poets such as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins to name a few, Christina Strigas uses the stream of consciousness to devour themes and words and spurt them forth into a poem.” I'm going to begin my review by talking about the “stream of consciousness.” As many, if not all writers are familiar with the st In the Book Description of Love & Vodka: A Book of Poetry for Glass Hearts , we read, “This book has a modern feel with an ancient way of writing. Inspired by Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and modern poets such as Mary Oliver and Billy Collins to name a few, Christina Strigas uses the stream of consciousness to devour themes and words and spurt them forth into a poem.” I'm going to begin my review by talking about the “stream of consciousness.” As many, if not all writers are familiar with the stream of consciousness writing, perhaps some readers do not understand its method. Some may ask, “What is this stream of consciousness? As a writer, you have more than likely used this literary device without realizing there was a name or style for how you were writing. If you’ve ever sat down and started writing your thoughts, feelings, and observations as they traversed through your mind, without thinking. Without considering whether a word was a word, or your structure and grammar were correct, or your punctuation, capitalization, spelling, length of sentence, et cetera. And you did so without stopping to edit, spellcheck or make corrections; you were transferring all your thoughts, feelings and observations from your head to paper. You were using the stream of consciousness literary device; you may also think of this as automatic or free writing. If you have a degree in English or Creative Writing, you have practiced the stream of consciousness writing style. “what i miss most are all the things we never did. – reality” – Christina Strigas While Strigas uses the stream of consciousness flawlessly, giving her readers a visceral experience through emotions, this literary style is challenging and not the chosen writing style of the majority of fiction writers and poets. As I said when I reviewed Christina’s BOOK OF CHRISSYISMS , “If you are a writer, regardless of genre, then words and poetry or wordplay are very likely a part of your genetic makeup. Perhaps there was a poet’s heart within you that influenced the beginning of your writing life.” When I first began to write, I was drawn to poetry and chose to write acrostic poetry so I could write without the fear of another’s prying eyes. When I was older, I played with the stream of consciousness when writing poetry. There is at least one stream of consciousness poem on my blog, from years ago. I tell you this to reaffirm the fact that the stream of consciousness is not as an easy poetic form. “Loving a Writer loving a writer is only for the strong, the ones who care to stare at the sky with you. or at a locked door. you refuse to open. and this is why love remains crazy. undefined. unbearable. irrational. because loving a writer has no rules. it’s like seeing the world for the very first time.” – Christina Strigas If you want to see this form of poetry used through the mind of a poet with profound depth, you have to read Strigas’ Love & Vodka. As a modern-day romantic, she weaves love, loss, desire, passion, sex, suffering, sanity, memories, old souls, abandonment, vodka, et cetera into each of her poems, bearing her heart and soul to her readers. I also picked up on her hidden references where she used words in place of names of some of the poets that have influenced Strigas as a poet. In other poems, she will toss a name of one of these poets into her poems, such as Anne (Sexton) Nerudo and Plath. And she does so in a way that unless you have been exposed to these poets whether reading or in school, you miss the connection; it’s quite genius. “I am going to think without fear of what you will say let me breathe what air I admire let me paint on an empty canvas instead of burning me under dishes and wash.” – Christina Strigas Whether you are a poet or not, I give Love & Vodka my strongest recommendation. A note of caution, Love & Vodka: A Book of Poetry for Glass Hearts contains adult content. For my complete review of Love & Vodka visit my blog https://dbmoone.com/2019/02/21/book-r...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vishal

    If poetry is sheer madness and exuberance, word is wine to the mind. A dash of emotions, oodles of sensuality gently caressing the mind, sheer passion running through the soul and it tastes like the hurricane force of intimacy. Love and Vodka is the gentle breeze that captures everything aesthetic as the author invites you inside her world and emotions running deep through modern love, resist, love, dirty talks, tug of war and see you anon. The book takes you by storm and doesn’t leave any shred If poetry is sheer madness and exuberance, word is wine to the mind. A dash of emotions, oodles of sensuality gently caressing the mind, sheer passion running through the soul and it tastes like the hurricane force of intimacy. Love and Vodka is the gentle breeze that captures everything aesthetic as the author invites you inside her world and emotions running deep through modern love, resist, love, dirty talks, tug of war and see you anon. The book takes you by storm and doesn’t leave any shred of emotion unturned, flinging right in front of your fate and existence. In one shot, it’s exuberance in all its forms. Narration: Christina’s choice of words is fearless and limitless making the soul alive and vibrant in all its forms. There is no limit to anything yet it embraces everything. The ‘conversations with my daughter’ is gentle and removes all burdens of past, present, and future where gap is just a word that society imposes as a stamp. Words that simply cuddle you and snuggle into the arms of an invisible love reaffirm the faith in sheer madness and messy. Be real. Christina sends a gentle but provocative message. Full review here: https://vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com/2...

  11. 4 out of 5

    Berteena Gaines

    **Captivated by Christina’s masterful poetry. Christina takes her readers through an internal war with her inner self through her own experiences in loss, love, and heartbreak in a delightful collection of poetry. She exposes her beauty through words from darkness to light. She tears herself apart to reveal her soul on pages covered with beautifully written poetry. I can relate to her sadness, loneliness, grief, agony, anger, fantasies, desire, passion, and thoughts on love with her very personal **Captivated by Christina’s masterful poetry. Christina takes her readers through an internal war with her inner self through her own experiences in loss, love, and heartbreak in a delightful collection of poetry. She exposes her beauty through words from darkness to light. She tears herself apart to reveal her soul on pages covered with beautifully written poetry. I can relate to her sadness, loneliness, grief, agony, anger, fantasies, desire, passion, and thoughts on love with her very personal true to life writing style. I thoroughly enjoyed this read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tanis Robert

    Christina is one of the most insightful poets I've read. As a poet myself I am moved by her use of word. She paints her thoughts like a great masterpiece, and the vivid imagery leaves a lasting impression on your heart.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Raine

    This book of poetry truly took my breath away. As I read each section, I was brought back to situations in my own life. Christina captures so many things we've all experienced. Reading her work felt like a warm conversation with an old friend. Part 2 is filled with shorter poems that have a deep and relatable impact. Part 5, tug of war is particularly impressive. Deeply personal writing which showcases Christina's talent and form. If you are a poetry lover and also a lover of honest writing, I h This book of poetry truly took my breath away. As I read each section, I was brought back to situations in my own life. Christina captures so many things we've all experienced. Reading her work felt like a warm conversation with an old friend. Part 2 is filled with shorter poems that have a deep and relatable impact. Part 5, tug of war is particularly impressive. Deeply personal writing which showcases Christina's talent and form. If you are a poetry lover and also a lover of honest writing, I highly recommend love and vodka. I very much look forward to her future works!

  14. 5 out of 5

    James Parker

    Honest, brutal and beautiful poetry that deals with all manner of subjects in an emotional and interesting way. Short poems are urgent, long poems travel...all grab you!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Kollat

    Such a lovely collection by a talented writer!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mary Caliendo

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  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicholas Trandahl

    Christina Strigas does it again with her latest collection of poetry, "Love & Vodka". She unflinchingly bares her soul in a swirl of cigarette smoke, sex, memories, and broken glass. If you've read Strigas' chapbook and her second collection, then you know what to expect here. She reminds her readers of the brilliance and brittleness of life and love. And I, for one, am always thankful to her for that. Easily among my favorite writers of contemporary poetry. Christina Strigas does it again with her latest collection of poetry, "Love & Vodka". She unflinchingly bares her soul in a swirl of cigarette smoke, sex, memories, and broken glass. If you've read Strigas' chapbook and her second collection, then you know what to expect here. She reminds her readers of the brilliance and brittleness of life and love. And I, for one, am always thankful to her for that. Easily among my favorite writers of contemporary poetry.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Isabelle

    Haunting and beautiful Glass hearts: fragile and beautiful. A poetry book of romance (but with a heartbreaking emotional distance between the two lovers). There was a sense of loneliness about this writing

  19. 4 out of 5

    J. AnnRey

    The way Christina captures words is how the heart resonates with each beat. As I’ve come to follow her on social media I’ve come to see the beauty that lies beneath such an inspiring poetess I’m honored to come to know.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Bardelli

    Beautiful, real and vivid! A must read! Christina writes in such a beautiful, unique and detailed manner. I felt her emotions in some poems and felt I was there with her in others. Love and Vodka has both short and long poems, and Christina writes both well. Each page left me wanting to read more.

  21. 4 out of 5

    D. D.

    Hadn't read a poetry book in a long while and this lovely book compensated for that. The words resonate with me, touch me and speak the words I long to get out. So simple, yet so powerful. Read it again and again and one more time.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Chrissi Sepe

    Love and vodka are two of my favorite things. Both of them make us feel good, but vodka never disappoints. Same with Christina Strigas. This is her third poetry book, and I’m savoring each one. Writers never stop writing. Whether we're consumed with thoughts of a person or the sunrise, the urge to write is constant. Words never leave our minds. But we're always busy doing things too: Mundane things. Life's necessities. Still, we can't stop the words from flowing and wanting them to form into vers Love and vodka are two of my favorite things. Both of them make us feel good, but vodka never disappoints. Same with Christina Strigas. This is her third poetry book, and I’m savoring each one. Writers never stop writing. Whether we're consumed with thoughts of a person or the sunrise, the urge to write is constant. Words never leave our minds. But we're always busy doing things too: Mundane things. Life's necessities. Still, we can't stop the words from flowing and wanting them to form into verse or prose. “Toast” is the perfect example of this constant intrusion of creativity and passion during the daily tasks in life: “By the time the toast pops I have created a few lines of a story in my head that includes a character with your nickname. Wouldn't you like that? You always wanted to be in my stories, but deep down I think you don't. You just want to pretend that you do so I could love you more or less. I have to spread the butter now. Toast popped and hands are sticky.” Yes. “Love & Vodka” is a magnificent interweaving of dreams and life, satisfaction and longing, and liquor and caffeine: chocolate martinis are the exceptions and can be enjoyed at the same time. But the bottom line in all of Christina Strigas’ heartfelt poems is that no matter how all-consuming the dream may be, it cannot be discarded. Room must always be made for it beside the laundry, the grocery shopping, and the Metaxa coffee.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jack Malloy

    Amazing poetry with passion and bittersweet beauty. I've always loved Christina's work and was pleased to see some experiments in style here that show her range and depth, and raw passion. I was really moved by so much of her work, and can't recommend it highly enough. My favorite piece? Where do I begin?

  24. 4 out of 5

    Eeva Maria

    The book's atmosphere is free, healing, intimate and empowering. The topics of this book might seem dark but there's always a bright light carrying the reader on, much in the style of the current Instagram -poetry trend where the topics are usually varying in survival and the said - empowerment. This reference to "Instagram poetry" is not to be seen as criticism, it is just stating the fact that the poetry people are into these days tends to be short in form and stating an aphoristic wisdom, wit The book's atmosphere is free, healing, intimate and empowering. The topics of this book might seem dark but there's always a bright light carrying the reader on, much in the style of the current Instagram -poetry trend where the topics are usually varying in survival and the said - empowerment. This reference to "Instagram poetry" is not to be seen as criticism, it is just stating the fact that the poetry people are into these days tends to be short in form and stating an aphoristic wisdom, with a cursive statement in the end of each poem. This can be seen also in this book of poetry by Christina Strigas. IMHO, the best poems of this book are the long, flowing and detailed, such as one of the last poems of the book called "For you, the Reader". Her style is often very open and raw, and it might feel that you're almost too close to the writer. But in the end, that's why you are reading the book. She saves no area of life from her poetry as the descriptive scenes of intimacy and personal space are broken or gone into in details time after time again. Also I would like to praise the poem "Emergency in two parts" which reminds me of a lot of the genre that will be even more popular in poetry in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    McKayla DeBonis

    *I was approached by the author to swap our poetry collections in exchange for honest reviews, all thoughts are indeed my own* This novel contained really lovely poems, more modern poetry which I'm really into. I didn't understand a lot of them but they were the authors life story written on pages, which I respect so much because it takes a lot of courage. I did find some poems I absolutely fell in love with! I'm so happy that I was given the chance to read this collection. A strong collection of *I was approached by the author to swap our poetry collections in exchange for honest reviews, all thoughts are indeed my own* This novel contained really lovely poems, more modern poetry which I'm really into. I didn't understand a lot of them but they were the authors life story written on pages, which I respect so much because it takes a lot of courage. I did find some poems I absolutely fell in love with! I'm so happy that I was given the chance to read this collection. A strong collection of poems

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine

    beautiful, soul-crushing book of poetry! loooooved it!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Liked it. Varied works.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Lyons

    I was lucky enough to snag a signed copy of Christina Strigas’ Love & Vodka, and even now, days after closing the book, I am still love drunk on her words. Charles Bukowski said, “genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way” and if we take him at his word then Christina Strigas is indeed in the same league of genius as old Hank himself. In Love & Vodka Christina manages to evoke an overwhelming feeling of urgency while simulataneously reaching out to stroke comfort into the I was lucky enough to snag a signed copy of Christina Strigas’ Love & Vodka, and even now, days after closing the book, I am still love drunk on her words. Charles Bukowski said, “genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way” and if we take him at his word then Christina Strigas is indeed in the same league of genius as old Hank himself. In Love & Vodka Christina manages to evoke an overwhelming feeling of urgency while simulataneously reaching out to stroke comfort into the soul. She interweaves chaos and calm so well that our own fleeting and/or rapid changing emotions can’t help but bubble to the surface. Christina has captured loss and grief almost as beautifully as she celebrates love and resilience. The depth of her poetry is astounding. With surgical like precision she cuts a word here, places another there, and paints a picture so visceral that it almost pulses. When the energy from poetry jumps off of the page and into your lap you know you have stumbled upon something great. Within Love & Vodka you will find heartache, lust, passion, and love; you will uncover secrets, hidden treasures, and the will to keep going when it feels like all hope is lost. Christina Strigas has written her soul into these pages and upon reading this book you will feel like you’ve come home to an old friend. I cannot recommend this book enough, it is solid and raw, gorgeous and vulnerable and I impatiently await the release of her next collection.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alfa Holden

    I was captivated from the very first line. She writes from a place within herself that few writers are able to reach. Her trenches are wrought with experiences that she magically transforms into sustenance for a readers soul. She is gifted, and this book is a present to all who read it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Subhajit Das

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