New Poetry Collection Takes Aim on Relationships

Charlotte Pike

    Local author Patricia Hawkenson knows love. In her recent self-published book of poems, Magnetic Repulsion: 100 Poems from Desire to Disgust, Hawkenson takes the reader on a journey from the beginning giddiness of courtship through the comfort of a lasting relationship to pain and recovery of love gone awry. Readers will be drawn in by memories of first great romances, floating in a sea of metaphors and emerging on the other end with a deeper understanding of how love and happiness can sometimes turn into hatred and repulsion. Reviews of Magnetic Repulsion have attributed the book’s compelling nature to Hawkenson’s “textured epiphanies and gorgeous images” tied together with her “gentle humor.” This poetry collection is a go-to guide for anyone who has ever felt euphoria and heartbreak. Magnetic Repulsion is available at and For more poems from Patricia Hawkenson, visit her blog at

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