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DINNER POEMS by Amanda Montei & Jon Rutzmoser 

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For five months these poets, meeting at their dinner table, have paused to jot down ruminations, and pondering more deeply have withdrawn to their bedroom to limn their dueling/mutual misunderstandings of the eternal questions of love, coexistence, and bodily presence, while never forgetting to eat dinner, their favorite meal.

This is the first book in Bon Aire Projects’ LOVE/LOVERS/LOVING series.


"This collaboration opens up what the everyday means to two people in love and what every day can be when opened up to the other. We need this.”

— Joe Hall, author of The Devotional Poems


“…Dinner Poems forces us to ask: what is collaborative writing as a genre? Moreover, what is the bare minimum at which a genre can function and still be recognized as itself?”

— Holly Melgard & Joey Yearous-Algozin, from the Introduction to Dinner Poems


but what about the soul / that grows in darkness, embossed by silvery images / and when you grow old as grow old you must / they won’t hate you / they won’t criticize you they won’t know”

— Frank O’ Hara,  Lunch Poems