The winner of Frontier Poetry's 2022 Digital Chapbook Contest, In my dreams/I love like an idea is a beautiful collection of poems touching on mental illness, the medical vs. the human, and life itself.
In my dreams/I love like an idea is a wandering reckoning with living, loving, and medicalized mental illness. The collection begins with a diagnosis with Bipolar Disorder, and spills from there, rupturing toward rest, tenderness, togetherness, breath, and against prescription-as Raso bleeds together the personal and the clinical, the telescopic and the microscopic, the avoidant and the intimate. Parodying the voices and forms of self-help, self-care, and psychiatry, Raso injects lyric into the boxes crafted to confine those diagnosed. Sometimes diary, sometimes debris, sometimes love song, In my dreams/I love like an idea is a poetry chapbook obsessed with being alive, and exploring the sore and quiet places where its aliveness touches the world.