A Lust For Love

Poetry - Love/Romance
88 Pages
Reviewed on 04/27/2018
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Author Biography

Giovanni Zuniga was born in Los Angeles to Mexican parents. He's been published in Medusa Laugh Press, Burningword Literary Journal, Tincture Journal, and Roadside Fiction. He was a finalist for his short story, "Amor Fati" for the Molotov Cocktail Zine contest 'Other Worlds.'

A Lust For Love is his first poetry book.

He currently resides in Santa Monica.

    Book Review

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.

Stephen Fisher

A Lust For Love by Giovanni Zuniga is a collection of poems intended for mature adults, but it may find its way into the Young and New Adult genres. This collection of poems is grouped into four sections entitled: Porn, Lust, Loss, and Home. Although the content is all sexually deviated in some aspects, it is about the loneliness of a man who seeks sexual satisfaction in the various forms of prostitution, voyeurism, exotic dancers, and bar flies. All of these selections have a tendency to end in the same results. Self gratification for a lone man with a low self esteem. At least it is safe and sexually transmitted disease-free.

Mr. Zuniga has a unique poetry style that is as well written as it is descriptive. He is able to convey his personal thoughts, as well as the pros and cons of each situational encounter with the opposite sex. I liked the way he kept his poems grouped within their categories. Some of his poems were creatively rhymed. As is with many poets, it is not all about the rhyming but more about the content, and Giovanni's style of poetry is strong and well versed. In the Home section, once his guest had left, he was still able to poetically describe not only the typical alcohol induced motivation, but also the lonely, morning after clean-up. A Lust for Love was so much more than just the title. I was very impressed by the high level of content with all of the emotions and/or lack thereof, depending on the episode. Well done ! Mr. Zuniga, you are a gifted poet!