“I love Laura Boss’ work. As I once wrote, ‘No one else can mix heartbreak and humor and come up with such fascinating, riveting poems.’ She proves that again in The Best Lover, her most recent and strongest book.”
—Lyn Lifshin, author of Cold Comfort
“Laura Boss is one of the bravest poets I know. In narrative poems she peels away layers that protect us from truths we would prefer not to know. Using an understated tone and dry humor, she creates a unique and original voice to explore contemporary life and love. I have followed her career from her earliest books to this latest one and each book is more brilliant than the one before. She’s willing to laugh at herself and laugh at situations in which she finds herself. We laugh with her at her unexpected and hilarious narratives and unflinching look at life in the 21st century. I love her writing; I love this book! I think you will, too. You won’t be disappointed. I think she’s one of the great American poets.”
—Maria Mazziotti Gillan, American Book Award winner
“I once called Laura Boss a comic genius in the best madcap tradition of screwball comediennes, but she is so much more: Boss never enforces or insists upon her wisdom, but just when you’ve read or heard one of her poems for the tenth time, you have another epiphany realizing an aspect of the poem you had not considered and it becomes brand new. This, to me, is the sign of a good and lasting poet. The Best Lover is worth a tenth re-reading. After that, you should memorize your favorite poems and be grateful you’ve encountered this wonderful collection.”
—Joe Weil, author of A Night in Duluth
Laura Boss is a first place winner of Poetry Society of America's Gordon Barber Poetry Contest. She was the sole representative of the USA at the XXVI International Struga Poetry Festival. In 2011 she received the First International Poetry Prize at the first International Poetry Festival in Swansea, Wales. She is a recipient of three NJSCA Poetry Fellowships. Founder and Editor of the poetry magazine Lips, her own most recent books include Arms: New and Selected Poems and Flashlight (both Guernica Editions). A Dodge Poet, her poems have appeared in The Poets of New Jersey from Colonial to Contemporary and The New York Times.