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Reviewed by Lesley Jones for Readers' Favorite
A Lust For Love by Giovanni Zuniga is a gritty look at the world of strip clubs, seedy drinking dens and the heartlessness of red light areas. Take a tour of the world from the viewpoint of a sad alcoholic, and his thoughts and views on love, lust and loss through hard-hitting and brutally honest poetry. The poems cover all manner of the dark underworld of prostitution and the porn industry where the sex is for sale, but true love is nowhere to be found. No hearts can be broken, and there is no false sense that a union between two people can be anything more than a business transaction. Are there any winners in this world? Are the women true feminists and are the men just clutching at something as desperately as at their bottle of alcohol?
A Lust For Love by Giovanni Zuniga is a very dark collection of poems where there is no cloud of romance and no love. The four sections of this book are full of realistic thoughts and emotions, as the author battles with his feelings of loneliness. Porn includes A Maudlin Boat, and the loneliness and searches for love through the adult websites are hard-hitting. Lust deals with prostitution with Swaying Palm Trees and TJ, where there is a visit to a call girl in the red light district of Amsterdam. My favourite poem in the section Loss was Organ Donor, where there is a brilliant poem about facing the future after a break-up, and drowning your sorrows with vodka and meaningless one-night stands. Finally Home and the poem Diet; this poem filled me with so much sadness, as it really describes the feelings of regret over the life they have led. The language used was absolutely right for the emotion and reality to really hit home. Excellent work.