Review of Alex Caldiero’s SOME LOVE

Open Letters Monthly has just published my review of Alex’s remarkable new book. You can find the review HERE. I called the review “Moving at the Speed of Love,” a phrase my son Tim provided during a conversation. And then I found the phrase in Italian in one of Alex’s poems — one of the Jungian coincidences Alex is fond of.

A couple of Alex’s drawings as a compliment to his words.


alex self yellow

alex aleph

About Scott Abbott

I received my Ph.D. in German Literature from Princeton University in 1979. Then I taught at Vanderbilt University, BYU, and Utah Valley State College. At Utah Valley University, I directed the Program in Integrated Studies for its initial 13 years and was also Chair of the Department of Humanities and Philosophy for three years. My publications include a book on Freemasonry and the German Novel, two co-authored books with Zarko Radakovic (REPETITIONS and VAMPIRES & A REASONABLE DICTIONARY, published in Serbo-Croatian in Belgrade and in English with Punctum Books), a book with Sam Rushforth (WILD RIDES AND WILDFLOWERS, Torrey House Press), a "fraternal meditation" called IMMORTAL FOR QUITE SOME TIME (University of Utah Press), and translations of three books by Austrian author Peter Handke, of an exhibition catalogue called "The German Army and Genocide," and, with Dan Fairbanks, of Gregor Mendel's important paper on hybridity in peas. More famously, my children are in the process of creating good lives for themselves: as a model and dance/yoga studio manager, as a teacher of Chinese language, as an ecologist and science writer, as a jazz musician, as a parole officer, as a contractor, as a seasonal worker (Alaska and Park City, Utah), and as parents. I share my life with UVU historian Lyn Bennett, with whom I have written a cultural history of barbed wire -- THE PERFECT FENCE (Texas A&M University Press). Some publications at
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2 Responses to Review of Alex Caldiero’s SOME LOVE

  1. Scott Abbott says:

    Posted for Michael Roloff:

    Looks like a lovely review of a lovely poet, but it will take me a while to read it in its enitrely. Meanwhile, I note that in 1967 I was living just one block from Rizzoli’s and frequented it & also sent Peter Handke there in 1971 when he couldnt wait to get to a shop that had the world’s offering of magazines.


  2. mikerol says:

    Have now read the review in its entirety & want to add that ti be loved can be just as dangerous as to love. i could go on for volumes on the theme, a sign of age & experience i expect.


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