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Review of "The Nature of Attraction"
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Caleb Pletcher
Pirene's Fountain

In this narrative sequence of two lovers and their complicated and ultimately dysfunctional relationship, words turn themselves into images within the reader’s head with an impressive and enjoyable finesse. The passionate connections and subsequent struggles shared by characters Norman and Sara are not unheard of in today’s society of careless trysts and unapologetic nonconformity. What catches the imagination within the pages of The Nature of Attraction is not the subject matter itself, but rather the deeply personal understanding of the external and internal forces that have shaped the subject matter.


In the end the reader comes to the realization that both Sara and Norman are examples of the two paths a person can take after traumatic childhood experiences. One can be like Sara, and find something or someone to fill the void that was created from abuse; or one can be like Norman and allow the hurt to stay with them until it consumes their being. At another level, the reader sees that the nature of attraction is passionate and carnal, but love is much more difficult to classify. The question of whether Norman and Sara ever truly loved each other is never answered, which reflects many real life relationships. The Nature of Attraction questions more than it enlightens, and enlightens more than many other poetry collections. It seems these authors understand perfectly the thoughts of Scottish General Hugh Mackay when he said, “I suspect the secret of personal attraction is locked up in our unique imperfections, flaws and frailties.”