ECKLEBURG BOOK CLUB | Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone by Annelyse Gelman




Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone

by Annelyse Gelman


“Look, the future is all telepathy and disappointment and pretending we haven’t always been winging it. Every day we’re the strongest we’ll ever be. What doesn’t kill you hasn’t killed you yet.” From Greek mythology to Top 40, Pavlov to Sartre, the space station to the zoo, Annelyse Gelman’s debut collection of poems collides dark humor and unexpected sweetness.



“The instability of life, its aching craziness, is not usually met with the poise these poems show. Vulnerable yet full of spunk, Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone is startlingly delightful–or is that delightfully startling? Either way, reader, prepare yourself for a new, strange joy.”–Dean Young

“Annelyse Gelman is an extraordinary poet who is able to tear language and sense apart and deftly put it back together in her very own way. Sometimes the result is as subtle as a soft kiss to an orchid, other times everything is blown to bits by the expert loft of a hand grenade. across her amazing range, she will demand of you the same humour, intensity and intelligence. Keep this collection safe; once you have got into her voice, you won’t want poetry to be quite the same again.”–Jodie Dalgleish, curator and critic


Publisher Information

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Write Bloody Publishing (April 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938912429



gelman authorAnnelyse Gelman is a California Arts Scholar, the inaugural poet-in-residence at UCSD’s Brain Observatory, and recipient of the 2013 Mary Barnard Academy of American Poets Prize and the 2013 Lavinia Winter Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Hobart, Nailed, and The Destroyer, and her debut poetry collection, Everyone I Love is a Stranger to Someone‘, is forthcoming (Write Bloody, 2014). Find her at

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